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“I want to encourage all my guys to put their name in the draft, just get the experience of trying out, whether they do it or not, not get an agent,” Pitino said. “Guys like Russ (Smith), Chane (Behanan), Gorgui (Dieng). I want them to learn the experience. Probably two of them will come back, one may go. They deserve the experience the amount they worked.”

With the dismissal of Rutgers coach Mike Rice, after videotapes of practices were released in which he shoved and threw basketballs at players, Final Four weekend was relatively free of coaching controversy.

“Coach (John) Beilein, he’s a great coach,” said Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht who had a 17-point first half against Louisville. “He works harder than anyone I’ve ever seen to get you ready for games, to prepare you, whether it’s film or scouting report, any of that.

“The reason why I respect Coach Beilein so much is he’s even a better person. That says a lot about him.”

There have already been about 30 coaching changes for next season. If the average is hit there will still be another 15 to 20 moves.

Pitino and Beilein won’t be among them. And moments after Michigan beat Syracuse, 68-year-old Orange coach Jim Boeheim testily told a reporter that he plans to be back.

“My tenure in coaching, I’ve never seen, the amount of games I coached in this tournament, I’ve never seen such brilliance from the guys on the sidelines that I coached against,” Pitino said. “Some of the guys, like Dana (Altman) from Oregon, Larry Eustachy (of Colorado State), from our first game (North Carolina) A&T (coach Cy Alexander), tonight the coach was phenomenal, phenomenal. I’ve never been around this type of coaching excellence in my coaching tenure. I’m proud to be part of this fraternity.”

Beilein was ready to talk about the future.

“We looked at the schedule. We have two weeks till exams, which means I think we have about two or four hours of practice we can even get in. We’ll probably use that,” said Beilein who was in his first Final Four. “No, I think that we’ll practice later on this week just those two hours I think is all we can go. I wouldn’t be surprised if our seniors come by and want to help the young guys.

“… I doubt if we’ll be doing anything tomorrow. But maybe Wednesday or Thursday we’ll do something. We’ll all walk out there and we can’t wait to coach them again.”

And college basketball fans can’t wait to talk about them again.