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Fired Louisville coach Rick Pitino sells Bal Harbour house

On Sept. 17, 2017, then-Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall after having a meeting with the university's interim president Greg Postel in Louisville, Kentucky.
On Sept. 17, 2017, then-Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall after having a meeting with the university's interim president Greg Postel in Louisville, Kentucky. AP File

Fired University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino recently sold his smallish Bal Harbour house and re-listed his huge Indian Creek crib for sale.

Pitino, 65, has had time to wheel-and-deal on the South Florida real estate market since October, when the Kentucky school canned him after his program ended up at the heart of yet another college sports scandal.

It involved bribes allegedly paid by the maker of Adidas sportswear to the families of high-level recruits.

Pitino claimed he didn’t know anything about it and is suing the university for breach of contract.

But that caper followed another where Pitino’s program allegedly supplied strippers for recruits visiting the campus.

With time on his hands despite rumors he is a candidate to take over head coaching duties for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, Pitino’s been active in the local real estate game.

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In November, Fired University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino sold his weekend home at 177 Bal Cross Dr. in Bal Harbour. MLS

In late November, Miami-Dade County records show, Pitino sold his weekend home at 177 Bal Cross Dr., a long three-point shot away from the Bal Harbour Shops.

Records show Pitino sold the 6,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style house for $3.3 million to David Koplowitz and his wife, Lauren.

Pitino and his wife, Joanne, bought it in 2013 for $3.75 million, county records show.

In May 2017, Pitino had it listed for $4.5 million, but the property lingered on the market.

Listing agent Ralph Arias didn’t respond to several requests for comment.

Pitino, meanwhile, isn’t done unloading his area holdings.

In December, he re-listed his 12,000-square-foot golf palace at 38 Indian Creek Island Rd. in Indian Creek for $23.9 million.

And with this one, he stands to make a mint: In 1999, then a Boston Celtics head coach, Pitino bought it, according to records, for a “mere” $5.4 million!

“He just got in my face," said Rick Pitino talking about a North Carolina fan that had words with him as he left the court following the first half of play against North Carolina at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday.

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