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Pitino: illness not serious

Rick Pitino refused to disclose the medical problem that forced him to take a two-day leave from Louisville but said nothing was seriously wrong.

"There is a diagnosis to it all, but it's really not worth going into," Pitino said Friday. "All I can say is this will not take away from me coaching Louisville for another eight or 10 years. I've got a clean bill of health."

Pitino, 51, rejoined his team Thursday after two days of tests at the Cleveland Clinic probed the cause of a "urological-related" pain that has persisted in his left side for months. Pitino said Tuesday that the source was not cancer-related or life-threatening.

"I know what I don't have, but I had to have answers," Pitino said of his visit to the clinic.

Pitino said he was still feeling discomfort.

"I have a few minor problems that are causing the pain, but we'll get through it," Pitino said.

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