Rick Pitino, former Louisville and Kentucky coach, says he will never work in the Big Ten
Rick Pitino wants to continue coaching and is open to working in major college basketball again — but just not in the Big Ten.
Pitino, currently the head coach at Iona, told CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander that he wants to “do something special” with his remaining time in college hoops. He said he’s not planning on retiring anytime soon and would like to coach “five or six more years.”
Iona is currently expected to make the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels currently rank nearly 100 spots higher than the next closest MAAC team in KenPom’s rankings. A big showing in March Madness could clear the way for a high-major team to hire Pitino this spring.
However, he ruled out any possibility of that next job being in the Big Ten conference. His son, Richard Pitino, was fired by Big Ten-member Minnesota 2 years ago. Pitino said there are “20 or 30” states he knows he doesn’t want to live in. Here’s an excerpt from Norlander’s story:
Many of those states are covered by Big Ten country, a conference Pitino said he’d never work in after his son, Richard, was fired by one of the league’s schools (Minnesota). With no eagerness to leave New Rochelle, Pitino will be picky if schools come calling.
Pitino last worked for a high-major team back in 2017 as Louisville’s head coach. The Cardinals fired him after that season amidst an FBI investigation that involved the Cardinals and multiple other college basketball programs.