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Rick Pitino moving on with life, but open to coaching again

Rick Pitino is making the most of his new life without basketball in Miami, but he will entertain the idea of a return to coaching, should an opportunity present itself.

In a conversation with ESPN, Pitino said he is moving on; however, if a team were to call him in April, he would “give it a shot”:

“If a school, come April, comes to me in Miami and says, ‘We believe you, we believe you were innocent,’ I would give it a shot,” Pitino said. “I don’t care about the money, the salary.

“But the way I’m looking at it now is that I’ve got to get on with a different part of my life — build a different life that doesn’t include coaching. I need to be happy, be content.”

Pitino said the difficult aspect of getting another opportunity in the college coaching ranks is that there isn’t a way for him to clear his name and became “fully exonerated.”

Pitino also told ESPN his two biggest regrets are hiring Andre McGee and Jordan Fair, as if he still wants us to believe those two are solely responsible for his collapse. I think we’re supposed to feel sorry for him or something like that.

Enjoy South Beach, Rick.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

28 responses to “Rick Pitino moving on with life, but open to coaching again”

  1. ClutchCargo

    Translation: “I wish I had hired assistants who were smart enough to carry out my devious plans without getting caught and having the whole thing blow up in my face. I mean, sh*t is supposed to roll DOWNHILL, right?!”

  2. Smyrna_Cat

    Won’t the NCAA have a say in this?

    1. ClutchCargo

      Facts are optional here, but to Pitino, facts are to be avoided or denied.

    2. Luether

      It depends on the outcome of the legal system on Pitino…

  3. Duff86

    In a year or two no on will give a damn. Just like I already could care less. At the end of the day we are talking about a kid who’s going to be in the NBA who received $100,000. Ethically, not a big deal, just happened to be against the law. I’d like to seem him coach again, or be on TV. College basketball needs Pitino. The real Crooks are the Universities and the NCAA.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Ethically, I think it is a big deal, and it will end Pitino’s coaching career.

    2. Booby Petrino

      if it were just this, maybe it would blow over. but add in hookers with pay-for-play and he’s ruined.

    3. Realme

      You have it backwards, Duff. Not against the law, hence the reason no one at Louisville was charged by the FBI. Ethically wrong, and flat out cheating by NCAA standards.

    4. meeksfor3

      So you are saying you could care less?

  4. jahanc2uky

    Duff, Pitino was one of the highest paid public officials in the state of Kentucky. He cheated on his wife, sent a woman to jail for extortion, embarrass the city of Louisville, and was in charge while the basketball program was put on probation. Basketball and the state will be better off without Pitino; both ethically anf financially! Pitini>NCAA crook wise.

    1. STX2004Champs

      Pitino was a public official???

    2. ClutchCargo

      Several states would consider a basketball coach at a state university to be a public official, but not in KY. Pretty sure IN does.

  5. Duff86

    The NCAA and the Universities profit more from the athletes than Pitino ever will or did. Pitino will never coach in KY again, obviously. And let’s be clear, Pitino got fired for funneling $100,000 to a player, not for cheating on his wife, sending a woman to jail, embarrsing the City, or the stripper scandal. Those apparently were all excusable offenses in the eyes of the powers that be. Pitino makes those institutions look good and that’s exactly what they need him to do.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Makes you wonder about the “powers that be.”

    2. Booby Petrino

      “Those institutions” = Louisville. No one else would’ve kept him after hookergate. Most schools wouldn’t have kept him after Sypher. Let’s be clear: he got fired due to skirting the rules on multiple things and embarrassing the school to the point of no return.

    3. Bobbum Man

      He made them look good? At first maybe, he then followed it up by embarrassing them for years and continuing to do so with his absurd claims of innocence despite proof from the friggin FBI showing otherwise

  6. UKLugo

    St Johns is made for Rick Pitino. Rick Pitino is made for St Johns. They need each other. It would be great for the Big East and college basketball too. It’s a marriage made in heaven. I’d love to see it. I would even root for them as long as they’re not playing UK.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Sorry. I don’t see it. NCAA will put a 10-year “show cause” on Pitino. He is toast.

    2. UKLugo

      Yes, you’re right. That is if the NCAA allowed it. The chances of that look slim to none.

  7. sincitycat

    The way he lies, he should run for a political office.

    1. Luether

      He couldn’t hold a candle to “Crooked Hillary”…

    2. Han

      The funny thing is she lost and isn’t part of politics anymore but people can’t help but try to use her as a distraction.

    3. 4everUKblue

      Luether thinks being Democrat or Republican makes one better than the other. It’s all about divide and conquer but Luether is not smart enough to figure it out.

  8. UKinIN

    The “Pitino is a vampire.” stories must be true because the man obviously has no need for reflection.

  9. loservilletard

    “If a school, come April, comes to me in Miami and says, ‘We believe you, we believe you were innocent,’ I would give it a shot,”

    since there are no schools that would ever say that, then Pitino is in fact retired. Next stop will be the NBA if he coaches again, and we saw how successful he was there.

    1. Han

      I can think of at least one school that would hire any scumbag if it meant winning. Wait, that’s the school he just left in ruins. Forget I said anything.

  10. BLUEsky

    I’m afraid BBN has not accepted how far in the gutter our society actually is. Save this post. This will blow over. Pitino will enjoy a nice vacation in Florida for about a year. Within about 6 months or so (maybe a year) he will begin making appearances on the network’s (pre-game/post-game) show. People will begin to accept Pitino again. Once that happens, he will probably be offered and accept another coaching job at somewhere like UNLV–within a year or two at the most.

  11. theWilkman

    He’s more full of sh*t than John Wayne’s colon