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Rick Pitino is the Second Betting Choice to become Michigan’s Next Head Coach

A wise man once said, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” That’s been the case throughout Rick Pitino’s search for a new college basketball head coaching gig, but Vegas still believes it can happen.

Following John Beilein’s abrupt departure from Ann Arbor, Bovada has released odds for who will fill the Michigan head coaching vacancy. Rick Pitino is the second choice, behind only Texas Tech’s Chris Beard. Pitino is even higher than former Fab Five member and current NBA Heat assistant coach, Juwan Howard.

  • Chris Beard +275
  • Rick Pitino +475
  • Juwan Howard +500
  • Lavell Jordan +800
  • Mike White +800
  • Saddi Washington +950
  • Luke Yalich +950
  • Bob McKillop +2000
  • Bobby Hurley +2000
  • Jay Wright +2000

You can find the rest of the odds here.

For those who don’t believe it could happen, it almost happened once before. When Pitino chose to coach the Louisville Cardinals, Michigan was his other option. If the program that was caught cheating in the early 90s is still down for a cheater, Ann Arbor is the perfect place for Pitino.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Rick Pitino is the Second Betting Choice to become Michigan’s Next Head Coach



  1. StillBP
    1:10 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    “For those who don’t believe it could happen, it almost happened once before.” Oh, okay since it almost happened 20 years ago that’s great logic that it could almost happen again.



    • Bruce Dickinson
      3:33 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

      So in a few more years UK will hire Billy Gillespie again.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:40 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

      Bruce, that would be consistent with the UK basketball coaching cycle: Legendary coach, good coach, drunk coach, rinse and repeat. 🙂



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    1:11 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    Again, won’t the NCAA have something to say about this??



  3. RealCatsFan
    3:40 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    How ironic! He would end up coaching the team that lost to him in the 2013 champi… er, wait – that never happened, did it? 😉

    Does this mean he could get his championship back, retroactively?



  4. Cats79
    8:06 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    Guys, let the man coach he did good for UK and there is no proving fact he was involved in the Louisville mess.



  5. Racerr11
    8:34 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    I have a oil well to sell u if you believe Ricky boy had nothing to do with it. You cannot be serious.