Rick Pitino, the coach of Louisville’s national championship men’s team, is in New Orleans and will be at tonight’s game.
He spoke to Jeff Walz’ team earlier today in preparation for their national championship game against UConn tonight.
Piino and Walz are good friends and golfing partners and each regularly attend the other’s games, as do the players.
However, the NCAA originally ruled that neither Pitino and Louisville could pay for the team to fly to New Orleans from Atlanta, the site of last night’s win over Michigan, stating it was an extra benefit not permissible.
The NCAA later offered Louisville a waiver, but it was too late to change travel plans back to Kentucky.