Cards’ Final Four Celebration Set For Tuesday

by Rick Howlett on April 16, 2012

University of Louisville basketball fans will get a chance to celebrate the team’s Final Four run tomorrow with a public event at Fourth Street Live.

Coach Rick Pitino says it will be the Cards’ first opportunity to publicly thank fans for their support.

U of L went on an eight game winning streak in the post-season to reach the national semifinals in New Orleans, where the Cards were eliminated by eventual champion Kentucky.

“I think it’s awesome to have two teams from a small state in the Final Four playing each other. It’s history, we’re part of history now. I’d like it to happen again. I just want the score to be reversed next time around,” Pitino said at a Monday press conference.

Pitino also announced that guard Elisha Justice is transferring to the University of Pikeville and forward Jared Swopshire will play his final collegiate season at Northwestern.

Associate Coach Richard Pitino (left) is also leaving Louisviille and his father’s staff. He’ll be the new head coach at Florida International.    

“We’re trying to get him in here to play next season,” Rick Pitino joked. “Because I never spanked him as a child and I want to give him a good spanking when he comes back in here.”

Pitino says he’s in no particular hurry to fill the job, although he has several candidates in mind.

The Cards’ Fourth Street Live celebration begins at 5:30pm Tuesday.

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