Louisville extends Rick Pitino's contract through 2025-26

Joshua Lindsey / Reuters

Louisville has extended the contract of head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino by four years, keeping him with the Cardinals through the 2025-26 season, the university announced Tuesday.

The deal is expected to pay Pitino close to $70 million through 2025-26, according to Jody Demling of Scout. Those terms would see Pitino earn an average annual salary of around $6.3 million over 11 seasons.

Pitino's contract had previously run through the 2021-22 season. He is the first coach in NCAA history to win a national title at two different schools, and the first to take three different teams to the Final Four.

In 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Pitino has compiled a 722-254 (.740) record. He's guided the Cardinals to a 368-126 record in 14 seasons at Louisville, making him the third-winningest coach in the history of the program.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, Pitino helped the Cardinals reach the Elite Eight this past season - the fifth time in the last eight years he's accomplished that feat.

The 62-year-old Pitino will be 72 upon completion of the deal.

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