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Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico

Updated: December 20, 2010, 3:56 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Rick Pitino is taking on another rebuilding project.

The only men's college basketball coach to lead three teams to the Final Four has agreed to coach the Puerto Rico national team next summer in the FIBA Tournament of the Americas with an eye toward qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

"It's a tall order and that's why I'm taking it," the Louisville coach said Monday. "If they were already in [the Olympics], I wouldn't do it. Their backs are to the wall."

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