Rick Pitino prefers Iona to any opening: “Here I am, God will bless me with my ability to train.”
Rick Pitino is very happy to coach Iona Gaels and is so loyal to his leadership that he would not leave for another college coaching job – even though he is from Kentucky, he mentions that he is the best job in all of college basketball.
68-year-old Pitino said Sunday “Cameron Mills Radio” That he is committed to Ion because of the university’s commitment to him. Panathinaikos, who was hired to coach Greece’s main club last spring, and a two-night coach to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and get an NCAA Championship offer in his first season, with multiple COVID interruptions keeping the team off the court for 55 days 2020-21.
Work in Kentucky is not open. John Calipari has led the Wild Fats to four Final Four and NCAA titles since arriving in 2009. Pitino spoke hypothetically to emphasize Ion’s desire to continue.
“If coach Cal were to go to the pros today and call me respectfully, I would say‘ That’s the biggest honor in the world, but I’m very happy. I stay in Ion, ”Pitino told Mills.
“And there are a lot of reasons for that, and it’s not my age, because I’m just as passionate as I am today.”
Although Kentucky is not open, there are jobs available in programs like Indiana, DePaul and Marquette.
Pitino said Iona made a big impression when the president and sporting director went to Spain to talk to him about the head coach, which opened up about health issues as previous coach Tim Cluess took Iona to six seasons in the NCAA Championships for nine seasons.
“When the chips fell for me … when things went the other way in Louisville, and I was released, I went to Greece because I loved the game,” Pitino said. “And between the two majors, no one came after me.”
Pitino said he met with Jonah representatives and tried to tell them what was wrong in Louisville when they stopped and said the investigation indicated he had done nothing wrong in the circumstance that caused the Cardinals basketball program to be mentioned – though not identified by name – in a Justice Department document. Brian Bowen, the father of the former U of the L mentioned in court testimony.
“I said, ‘Look, you can talk to me about any player I played for in Kentucky, Louisville, Providence – I’ve never cheated. I didn’t give anything to anyone. I’m a man who believes in doing it the right way,'” Pitino said. Millsi. “And all of a sudden he interrupted me, and he said,‘ Coach, I don’t want to hear a word about Louisville. We wouldn’t jump on the plane … if we thought there was something you did wrong.
“I told him, no, I did a lot of wrongs. I trusted some people. And I didn’t take the right path, apparently.” And they said, ‘Don’t say another word.’ “
Pitino said he had no intention of accepting the position of Iona, but he was convinced by President Seamus Carey’s approach.
“Now this man has my loyalty to life,” Pitino said. “I’m here while God blesses me with my ability to train.”