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CRAWFORD | Pitino lands big fish, Maker's Mark bottle

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Photo from Jody Demling, Cardinal Authority.com, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino with an 80-pound white marlin he caught with friends in the Bahamas. Photo from Jody Demling, Cardinal Authority.com, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino with an 80-pound white marlin he caught with friends in the Bahamas.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Welcome to the Life Aquatic of Rick Pitino.


At a time when most of college basketball is fixated on who will land the biggest fish on the recruiting trail -- Andrew Wiggins -- the University of Louisville basketball coach is with friends in Bakers Bay, Bahamas, and on Wednesday pictures surfaced of Pitino with a 80-pound white Marlin in the back of a boat.

From a photo Tweeted out by Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com (@jdemling on Twitter), the coach is pictured while friends hold the big fish, his arms outstretched, flashing a couple of "L's." They caught the marlin off the coast of the Bahamas.

Earlier today, Maker's Mark that Pitino will be the honoree in the second of its planned three fund-raising bottle promotions to benefit U of L's new academic center for athletes, planned to be constructed into the south end of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

According to a U of L release, the bottle is the second of a three-year commitment by Maker's Mark, which has pledged over $500,000 in support of U of L's Academic Center of Excellence. A total of 12,600 bottles (for those over the age of 21) will be available to the public, and details on how to purchase the bottle will be announced at a later date.
 
The Academic Center of Excellence will be located beneath the Norton Terrace at the South end of the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The center will house the academic operations for the entire athletic department and all student-athletes and academic staff will be located in one building. The center will feature tutorial areas, laboratories, office areas and classroom space. Fundraising is just getting underway for the facility.
 
Meanwhile, Pitino's post-championship celebration appears to be hitting full stride.

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