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Willard pleads guilty to DUI

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville assistant Kevin Willard
pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence of alcohol,
but he will remain on coach Rick Pitino's staff.

Willard, pulled over by Louisville police early Sunday morning,
failed two sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .146,
police said. Kentucky's legal limit for DUI is .08.

Pitino said Willard was disciplined internally, but declined to
be more specific.

"I've already dealt with it," Pitino said Tuesday. "It is
unfortunate. There is a silver lining in every cloud, and the
silver lining in this cloud is that a tremendous error in judgment
was made, but nobody got hurt. That doesn't diminish the severity
of what he did. Kevin knows he made a big mistake. He's extremely
remorseful."

The 13-1 Cardinals (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) host unbeaten Cincinnati (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) on Wednesday.

Willard did not appear in court Tuesday. His attorney, Bart
Adams, entered his plea.

The assistant coach will pay a $200 fine, plus court costs, lose
his driver's license for 30 days and undergo alcohol counseling,
said Bill Patteson, a spokesman for the Jefferson County attorney's
office. It was Willard's first DUI offense.

Willard is the son of Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard, who was
Pitino's assistant for two seasons with the New York Knicks and for
one season at Kentucky.

Kevin Willard worked as an assistant for Pitino with the Boston
Celtics from 1997-2001 and followed Pitino to Louisville in April
2001.

"Even though he is like a son to me, he has been seriously
reprimanded," Pitino said. "A lot of consequences are going to be
paid for this, but it's a lesson for everybody."