Louisville Coach Rick Pitino Follows Kentucky Derby with Amazing Marlin Catch

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 9, 2013

Rick Pitino's offseason is shaping up nicely. 

Yahoo Sports spotted evidence that Pitino is a far better fisherman than he previously let on. Here is a tweet from Cardinal Authority's Jody Demling showing the Louisville head coach with his new best friend, an 80-pound marlin. 

Sports stars and coaches have a way of nabbing great beasts from the depths of the sea. Bleacher Report's Eric Newman has a breakdown of some of the best moments. 

It's at this point we would like to remind you about the crazy time Pitino has been having over the past few weeks, something he talks candidly about with SI.com

First, he wins a national championship, and then, he bolts from Atlanta to New Orleans to root the Louisville women on in their effort for a title. A far more rested Pitino explained:

I went to the women's game the next day. I went without sleep for 50-something hours. I was on Bourbon Street with our staff, and when these guys were playing pool, I watched the second half of our game on TV. When Chane Behanan grabbed three rebounds on that one possession, I was so tired I started crying tears of joy.

The party was just starting, because the 60-year-old was preparing for the soiree that is the Kentucky Derby. 

Sure, his Goldencents failed to impress, finishing 17th at Churchill Downs, but it was hardly about winning the most-famed race of the year. 

In the same interview, Pitino was quoted as saying it was all about the festivities. "For me, it's a social time to spend with my family and friends. I'm going to treat it the same as every other Derby."

A championship, a trip to the Big Easy, a weekend at Churchill Downs and now a huge marlin catch with the bros: Is this Pitino or Rob Gronkowski? It's almost like Pitino is living the life of Derek Huff from Step Brothers

Other than the picture, there isn't a great deal in the way of details. However, Pitino gave us one last sense of the awesome year he is having in the SI.com interview. 

He said that he was about to head out on his current trip and delivered the following: "The only thing I'm doing is after the Derby, one of my friends is taking 15 of us to Baker's Bay. It's a private island in the Bahamas. I'm going to do some things I've never done in my life, like marlin fish."

Yup, the man had never fished for marlin before in his life, but he caught one that weighs as much as a jockey his first time out. 

Rick Pitino, ladies and gentleman!


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