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Report says Rick Pitino interested in the UNLV job

Pitino and I on our way into Las Vegas

Here’s a very bizarre rumor for your Saturday evening. It’s so bizarre and laughable, you might just forget about the day’s loss for a moment or two.

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rick Pitino has expressed interest in the UNLV job.

Let’s do that one more time because I can’t even believe I’m typing those words.

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rick Pitino has expressed interest in the UNLV job. (I can’t make that up.) The Review-Journal’s source “insists” Pitino has eyes on the Rebels’ recent coaching vacancy, a position he considered 15 years ago before going to Louisville.

It kind of makes sense, too:

Pitino has several influential friends in Las Vegas, and if the most powerful boosters are serious about returning the program to the big time, it’s time for the deepest-pocketed boosters and some of the university’s clumsy administrators to lose a small-time mentality and shoot for a major star.

Even if the cost is around $4 million per year?

“If Pitino is interested, the money would be there,” a source close to UNLV said Friday.

Time will tell if that’s true, and if Pitino is serious about a move. []



Wow. Just wow. This has to happen. I know it’s only a rumor and early interest and all that right now but this would be a storybook ending to his career.

Sign me up for Rick in Vegas. I will live in the Golden Nugget and follow his every move.

[Source: Pitino interested in UNLV coaching job]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

12 Comments for Report says Rick Pitino interested in the UNLV job

  1. DelrayCat
    10:09 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    It really would be a smart move. It would breathe new life into Pitino and also allow UL to move on.
    Truly a win-win for both parties.

  2. a21CATSfan
    10:17 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Kentucky lost today. Who cares about Rick Pitino?!

  3. UK Big Board Update
    10:25 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Drew, you should take this post down, as its going to anger all of the Louisville trolls who camp out on this site. 😉

  4. tenstar
    12:46 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    UofL will go after Bruce Pearl.

  5. vegascatfan
    1:50 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    As a transplanted Kentuckian living in the land of Vegas, I believe it. The story is told that Rick verbally accepted 15 years ago, conditioned upon the approval of his wife Joanne. Joanne came out and had a terrible visit. The host committee thought the Strip would offend her so they put her up at the run-down Embassy Suites on Paradise. Then, they dropped her off at the airport early without checking her flight status — which was cancelled. She spent several long hours trapped at the airport waiting to book another flight. Needless to say, she was not impressed. But now, Pitino is desperate to escape the dumpster fire he started and UNLV is equally desperate to be relevant again. Fellow narcissists like Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson will gladly welcome their brother, Rick. And there are lots of girls named Karen out here. I predict it will happen.

  6. UKBlue1
    4:16 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    As we all know from experience rumors around Rick are hardly ever rumor, they’re almost always truth.

  7. GroundControlToNumber9
    4:28 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    Pitino is a man of reflection plain and simple. He sees the challenges he’s faced in life. And with all due respect, he’s paid to do one job… win.

    So after careful and methodical review what’s required to improve those chances:

    Stripper Upgrade

  8. Tej
    7:52 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    A perfect fit.

  9. Catlogic15
    9:08 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    Why would a school consider hiring a coach that is (by association) under an active NCAA investigation?

  10. sammydog
    9:44 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    Vegascatfans story is absolutely true. This is probably more than rumor. Boosters there could care less about Strippergate. Vegas would be perfect for Pitino to escape to and then bring Junior on board after he is fired at Minnesota. Rick is at his best when reviving a down program. He retires there and paves the way for Junior to take over as it now appears he will need daddy’s help to advance. As I was watching UK game last night I thought Pearl would be perfect for Louisville job. The Cards will have trouble attracting a name Coach because of sanctions. Pearl would not care and would love the opportunity to be a thorn in Cals side. I think he would leave Auburn in a heartbeat.

  11. EdC
    11:33 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    Moving from stripper scandal to nearby legalized prostitution. There may be legs to this rumor. (yea pun intended)

    • satcheluk
      12:10 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      Where is the pun? It may have been intended, but intentions do not a good pun make.