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The Controversial Rick Pitino

Sports Illustrated Logo By SI Staff of Sports Illustrated | Slide 1 of 12: <p>Pitino’s troubles with the NCAA date all the way back to his first head coaching job at Hawaii. Pitino was accused of providing round-trip airfare for a player between New York and Honolulu, giving free food coupons to players and arranging for players to exchange season tickets for used cars. Pitino denied the reports in 1989, saying “I didn’t make any mistakes, I don’t care what anyone says.”</p>

Pitino’s troubles with the NCAA date all the way back to his first head coaching job at Hawaii. Pitino was accused of providing round-trip airfare for a player between New York and Honolulu, giving free food coupons to players and arranging for players to exchange season tickets for used cars. Pitino denied the reports in 1989, saying “I didn’t make any mistakes, I don’t care what anyone says.”

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