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End of an era: Auerbach’s out as Celtics’ president

May 8, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ In a change symbolizing the end of an era, Red Auerbach reportedly has resigned as president of the Boston Celtics as Rick Pitino took full control of the team today.

Auerbach, who joined the Celtics in 1950 and coached them to nine NBA titles, is expected to be given another title in the organization. He later became general manager and as president played a diminished role in club affairs in recent years.

Auerbach, 79, will pass the title of president on to Pitino, The Boston Globe reported.

Pitino, who became coach of the Celtics Tuesday, was to hold his first news conference in Boston today.

``You don’t pay any attention to what happened yesterday,″ Pitino said in Lexington, Ky. ``You wipe the slate clean.″

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