Sixteen years after Rick Pitino returned to college basketball to become the head coach at Louisville, he's done, fired amidst a wide-ranging FBI investigation into corruption and bribery.
Although Pitino's already-muddied reputation will forever include a footnote about this scandal and others — and record books could be altered in the coming months — there is no erasing his 416 victories on the Cardinals' sideline, or the three Final Fours, one national championship or multiple All-Americans he coached.
Now that the Pitino-Louisville era is over, here are the 10 best players he coached since 2001, ranked.
10. Gorgui Dieng (2010-13)
Gorgui Dieng never averaged more than 10 points per game in three seasons but he was a menacing rebounder and defender. He was Big East Defensive Player of the Year during the Cardinals' 2013 title season, when he averaged 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game.
9. Jerry Smith (2006-10)
A four-star point guard from Wisconsin, Jerry Smith appeared in 138 games for Louisville and might have cracked the top five with a stronger senior season.
Still, Smith was a lights-out perimeter shooter for three years. He hit 48 percent of his three-point attempts as a freshman and 41 percent as a junior, finishing his career with 210 made three-pointers.
8. Montrezl Harrell (2012-15)
Montrezl Harrell was dominant during his final two years at Louisville, averaging ore than 14 points and eight rebounds each season.
An All-ACC selection in 2014-15, the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder averaged 3.2 offensive rebounds and hit 57 percent of his field goal attempts.
7. Earl Clark (2006-09)
One of the best Cardinals to never reach a Final Four, Earl Clark was part of two-straight teams who lost in the regional final.
A relentless rebounder who averaged more than eight boards each of his last two years, Clark was one of the best all-around players in the nation in 2008-09.
6. Taquan Dean (2002-06)
Taquan Dean was instrumental in delivering the program's first Final Four (2005) since 1986.
A three-time double-digit scorer (2003-06), Dean had 227 three-point buckets his final two seasons and finished his career with 359, or nearly three per game played.
5. Peyton Siva (2009-13)
Another member of the 2013 title team, Peyton Siva flawlessly ran Pitino's system, averaging more than five assists per game from 2010-13 while shooting at least 45 percent from inside the arc each season.
Siva was a two-time Big East Tournament MVP.
4. Terrence Williams (2005-09)
Earl Clark and Terrence Williams formed a dominating frontcourt from 2006-09. Williams averaged at least 11 points and seven rebounds during that time and shot better than 45 percent from inside the arc (and 34 percent from deep) each of his final two years.
He was an AP Third-Team All-American in 2008-09.
3. Francisco Garcia (2002-05)
Francisco Garcia's two-year run during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons was one of the finest in program history.
A two-time all-conference selection and 2005 Second-Team All-American, Garcia stuffed stat sheets. He averaged at least 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 2004-05.
2. Reece Gaines (1999-2003)
Pitino hit the jackpot when his predecessor, Denny Crum, left behind an elite guard in Reece Gaines.
He averaged 21 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 2002-03 while shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep. Gaines was even better as a senior, earning Third-Team All-American honors.
1. Russ Smith (2010-14)
The only consensus First-Team All-American selection who played for Pitino (and Louisville's first since Clifford Rozier in 1994), Russ Smith was one of the nation's premier scorers from 2012-14.
He averaged 18.7 points during Louisville's 2013 championship campaign.