LOUISVILLE — Rick Pitino acknowledges that he wants to bring his son Richard back to the Cardinals' staff. He denied, however, that it would be as the head-coach-in-waiting, according to the Courier-Journal.
Florida Coach Billy Donovan had announced in a news conference earlier that Richard had "an opportunity to possibly be the coach-in-waiting" at Louisville.
Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich echoed Pitino's assertion.
"That's not the way I operate," Jurich told the Courier-Journal.
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Richard had worked on the Cardinals' staff before from 2007-2009 as an assistant. He spent the last two years under Donovan at Florida.
Though the elder Pitino told the Courier-Journal there was as yet no official deal, a vacancy did open on the Louisville staff Wednesday when assistant coach Tim Fuller announced his departure to join Frank Haith's staff at Missouri.
Fuller spent just one season at Louisville, part of a revamped staff that helped Rick Pitino land one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
Fuller cited his close relationship with Haith as the reason for the move. Fuller served as director of basketball operations at Miami under Haith.
It's the second departure from Louisville's staff this week. Assistant Steve Masiello left to become the head coach at Manhattan.
Mayo signs with Marquette
Marquette Coach Buzz Williams says guard Todd Mayo has signed a letter of intent with the Golden Eagles for his 2011 class.
Williams said Wednesday that Mayo is the "perfect complement" to his returning squad.
Mayo is a 6-3, 190-pound guard from Huntington, W.V., who led Notre Dame Prep to the National Prep Championship game last season. He will have four years of eligibility with Marquette.
Mayo averaged 22 points and six assists this past season after previously playing at Houston High (2008-09) and Germanton High (2009-10) in the Memphis area.
Mayo is the brother of Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo and joins forward Juan Anderson and point guard Derrick Wilson in Marquette's 2011 recruiting class.
■ Wes Washpun, a 6-1 170-pound guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, signed with Tennessee.
■ Georgia Coach Mark Fox has signed Nemanja Djurisic, a native of Montenegro who finished his high school career in South Kent, Conn.
Djurisic, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, signed with Georgia on Wednesday after averaging 20.1 points and 10.3 rebounds in his only season at South Kent School.
■ Michigan has signed forward Max Bielfeldt to a letter of intent.
The Wolverines have now signed three players for next season, including guards Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke, who signed in November.
Bielfeldt is from Peoria, Ill. He averaged 22.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.6 blocks during his senior season. He is around 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds.
'Noles Singleton headed to draft
Florida State junior Chris Singleton, who led the Seminoles to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, said Wednesday he'll forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
Singleton said he has not yet signed with an agent but is unlikely to change his mind about leaving school early.
"Unless I hear something out of the ordinary that comes from the (NBA) offices, I'm going to go for it," said Singleton, who is finishing the semester at Florida State and will be about 18 hours shy of graduation.
He becomes the fourth Seminole in as many years projected as a high NBA draft choice. Al Thornton, now with Golden State, was a first-round pick in 2007, Toney Douglas went late in the first round to the New York Knicks in 2009 and Solomon Alabi was a second-round pick last year.
Singleton leaves early with the blessing of his coach.
"He's ready," Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton said Wednesday. "Chris brings an intangible to the NBA. He's a lockdown defender and can play three, four positions."