Saturday, January 16, 2016

Rick Pitino Interested in UNLV Job?

According to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Louisville's Rick Pitino is interested in the head coaching job at UNLV.

Here is an excerpt:

First and foremost, a source with connections to Pitino insists he is interested in the job, 15 years after his brief flirtation with Las Vegas. He went to Louisville in March 2001 and has not looked back — until now.

The time might be right for Pitino, 63, to make a move. He has survived well-publicized scandals and fought to escape the shadow of Kentucky coach John Calipari. Pitino coached the Cardinals to an NCAA championship in 2013, adding to his national title with the Wildcats in 1996, so what more is left for him to achieve?

He could be the king of Vegas and revive a program that has enjoyed few high times since late coach Jerry Tarkanian was forced out in 1992. If Pitino is looking for a challenge, and also in need of a city with basketball bloodlines and bright lights, this is it.

The Rebels have essentially bottomed out, missing the postseason the past two years and failing to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2008. The inability to compete for a Mountain West title spelled doom for Dave Rice, who was fired Sunday in the middle of his fifth season.

If Rice and his staff proved something, it's that elite recruits will flock to UNLV. Pitino would have no problems with recruiting.

One of Pitino's longtime friends in the coaching profession is Lon Kruger, who led the Rebels from 2004 to 2011. Kruger is the only post-Tarkanian coach to win an NCAA game at UNLV, where he reached the Sweet 16 and went 30-7 in the 2006-07 season.

Complete Article

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No way. Makes zero sense. He coaches a top program in front of a great fan base, in a great venue, in the best conference in the nation. He is to old to restart another program now. After Jurich and the fans have stood behind him through the sypher ordeal and now the current investigation it would be a real slap in the face for him to even consider leaving for another college.

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