Rick Pitino hasn't ruled out a return to coaching, but he told ESPN that he needs to move on with his life in case another opportunity doesn't present itself.

Pitino, 65, was fired by Louisville a little more than a month ago despite maintaining he wasn't aware of an alleged payment from a Cardinals assistant to the family of Brian Bowen, a freshman who hasn't been cleared to play by the school.

Pitino said he is working out three times per day in Miami, where he has moved fulltime since leaving Louisville. He told ESPN he plans to attend a few upcoming games at Minnesota -- where his son, Richard, is a coach for the Golden Gophers -- including a couple of home Big Ten games.

"If a school, come April, comes to me in Miami and says, 'We believe you, we believe you were innocent,' I would give it a shot," Pitino said. "I don't care about the money, the salary.

"But the way I'm looking at it now is that I've got to get on with a different part of my life -- build a different life that doesn't include coaching. I need to be happy, be content."

Pitino said the difficult aspect of getting another opportunity in the college coaching ranks is that there isn't a way for him to clear his name and became "fully exonerated."