What could have been ...

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino could be stand­ing on the op­po­site side­line for Sun­day’s game — if not for a change of heart 16 years ago. The two-time na­tional cham­pion ac­knowl­edged that he briefly ac­cepted the Michi­gan job one morn­ing in 2001 be­fore a con­ver­sa­tion with his wife prompted him to call back univer­sity of­fi­cials and turn down the job. “She said I was mak­ing a de­ci­sion based on the wrong fac­tors, and she was right, be­cause I never — I’d never been on the cam­pus be­fore. I didn’t know the ath­letic di­rec­tor, and I was tak­ing a job blind to it all,” he said. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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