Rick Pitino was set to become the head coach at the University of Rhode Island…until the school’s president stepped in and killed the deal.
According to GoLocalProv.com, Pitino and URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn (what a name) had a rough agreement for Pitino to succeed Dan Hurley as head coach for $2 million per season, but when university president David Dooley heard about it, he shot it down due to concerns over Pitino’s ties to the FBI investigation into college hoops. Smart man.
Between rumors about the New Zealand Breakers and his constant rambling about not knowing what to do with his life anymore, it’s no secret Pitino is desperate to get back into coaching. Who will be the one to roll the dice on him?
UPDATE: URI just released a statement claiming the story is #FakeNews:
— Derrick Rose (@WHAS11DRose) April 3, 2018
Can you blame them for trying to get as far away from Pitino’s name as possible?