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Rick Pitino interested in Siena coaching job

To no one’s surprise, Rick Pitino is interested in getting back into the spotlight.

According to Loudonville thoroughbred owner and longtime friend Roddy Valente, the former Louisville coach is interested in the Siena head coaching vacancy.

“He basically said given the opportunity, he would love to sit down and explore coaching at Siena,’’ Valente said this morning.

Valente said Pitino wants to coach again, regardless of the level.

“He loves to coach,’’ Valente added. “He said Siena would be a good fit. He loves the area. He’s turned down two jobs because of where they were located. He loves the Capital Region.”

Jimmy Pastos resigned from his position as Siena’s head coach on Friday following an investigation of verbal and physical abuse of members on the basketball team. There were also reports of improper withholding of per diem money from the team. He had been with the Saints for the last five seasons, leading them to an 8-24 record this past year.

One source told KSR’s TJ Walker that Pitino was also interested in coaching in the National Basketball League for the New Zealand Breakers, though Pitino later denied those claims.

Rick Pitino is going to be roaming a sideline as a coach sooner rather than later. It’s not if, but when.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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25 responses to “Rick Pitino interested in Siena coaching job”

  1. UKLugo

    If the NCAA allows it. St Johns would be a perfect place for him to land. That job will be open , most likely, next year or the year after. Chris Mullin is completely out of his element and in way over his head. Pitino at SJU would be great for SJU, the Big East, and the NCAA.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      And Pitino would be great from the stripper/prostitute industry as well! Not to mention relining cleaners.

    2. Jiminy Crickets

      If U-CON didn’t hire him I’m not sure anyone in a top 7 conference will. They were a perfect match. UConn has been under more NCAA investigations/probation/suspensions than any school I can remember, even UL takes a back seat to Calhoun on that

  2. Smyrna_Cat

    Wouldn’t any NCAA school stay away from Ricky P because of potential NCAA violations?


    This place may want to invest in some plastic table clothes…

    1. runningunnin.454

      Ha ha ha ha…good one.

  4. Jiminy Crickets

    Because of potential NCAA problems, not only will he likely have a show clause, but he would have to accept a position where he is simply the coach. The days of coach, dictator and top of food chain power are over, will he be able to accept that? That’s more the question to me, than if/when he lands a job.

    1. kenny

      As of now he doesn’t have a show cause. If they hire him before new penalties it wouldn’t matter

  5. lribookend

    Know when to retire, know when to bow out of the lime light. Trying to hold on to some strand of previous success/glory is sad and pitiful. Just keep your mouth shut and move to a location where you can keep a low profile. Don’t look back on the past. Don’t try to recreate the past.


    Who cares? Pitino and Jurich are no longer the enemy, I could care less what they do. The enemy is now mack and Tyra. Both are douche bags and deserve herpes.

  7. chris43

    Hmmmm…last I recall Little Ricky said that he’d NEVER COACH IN COLLEGE AGAIN…wonder how the strippers and hoes are at Siena? Ya never know…could be a perfect match!

    1. Luether

      When has Rick ever told the truth…

  8. huntcalvert

    But he said in a nationally televised interview that he was done coaching. Lienest liar that ever lied

    1. runningunnin.454

      Picture Schwarzennegger,
      “I LIED”.

    2. Commissionersteele

      Yes Major

  9. TB112162

    Message to KSR Rick Pitino will not be a head coach next season on any Division 1 school including pitiful Siena

  10. 4everUKblue

    Wasn’t he just on the Dan Patrick show saying coaching coaching on the collegiate level was probably not going to work for him and that he was don’t with interviews?

    1. runningunnin.454

      Picture Schwarzenegger,
      “I LIED”.

  11. Luether

    What a pathetic fall from grace…

  12. Rabbi Li

    Siena’s fight song is: “When the Saints Go Marching In”


    Now that the whores are coming… where will the Saints go? Marching out?

    Siena’s “new: fight song is: “When the Saints Go Marching Out”

  13. Headhurts

    Rick Pitino needs his medicine, he’s a sick pup.

  14. Headhurts


  15. Cryingtheblues

    Yeah Pitino is also good at withholding money along with his buddy Jurich. At Louisville it was all about them making money instead of the University especially with Adidas..

  16. Racerr11

    Doubt this happens, I can’t imagine any school taking him with all that’s still pending. You can believe very little you read anymore.

  17. Racerr11

    As far as being offered 2 other jobs and turning them down I doubt there’s any truth to that either he would take anything to get some attention he’s craving it.