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Pitino almost took Michigan job in 2001

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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.

"But I thought it was a great job, great university, academically as well as athletically. Just wasn't the right fit for me."

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