Thursday, March 22, 2001
Huggins: Pitino raises conference profile
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
ANAHEIM, Calif. Bob Huggins and Rick Pitino have opposed each other just once: when Pitino's Kentucky team defeated Cincinnati 75-71 at Shoemaker Center on Nov.28, 1990.
Now they're going to meet twice a year.
UC and Louisville, where Pitino accepted the coaching job Wednesday, are both in Conference USA's American Division and play home-and-home each season.
It just brings more competitiveness to Conference USA, UC's Steve Logan said.
C-USA now boasts three very high-profile coaches in Huggins, Pitino and Memphis' John Calipari.
I think it's a great thing for the league, Huggins said of the Pitino hiring. It needs a shot in the arm. It ought to make the league, I think, more nationally (known). It does nothing but help us.
Huggins said his relationship with Pitino is all right, then complimented Pitino's coaching ability.
I think he's terrific, Huggins said. I think he does a great job of figuring out guys' strengths and playing to their strengths.
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