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UNLV could be interested in bringing Pitino back stateside

If things keep going the way they’re going in Las Vegas, UNLV could be in the market for a new head basketball coach this spring. And if it comes to that, Rick Pitino is on the Runnin’ Rebels short list of candidates to replace Marvin Menzies, who still has a job…. for now.

According to speculation throughout the internet, Pitino will be a hot name in the coaching search at UNLV. He may even be the name on the list, according to Joe Arrigo, a UNLV insider:

Pitino and UNLV aren’t new to each other. He reportedly turned down the UNLV job in 2001, choosing to coach the Louisville Cardinals instead, which was a real wild ride for 16 years. But would he be in for revisiting the conversation? He’s not going to stay in Greece forever.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 Comments for UNLV could be interested in bringing Pitino back stateside



  1. Go_Wildcats_Go
    9:37 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Sin City seems like the perfect destination for Pitino!



    • Ridge Runner
      11:23 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, ya really can’t make this stuff up.



  2. nschulte13
    9:50 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    That’s bad for everyone else. He will be able to recruit like no one else at UNLV. Hookers are WAYYY hotter in Vegas.



  3. michaelb
    9:52 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Hell yea go for it Rick



  4. Cmart0907
    9:53 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Remember at one point of time UNLV was getting these top recruits?



  5. ukbradstith
    9:58 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Perfect job for him, mid level but potential to win big.



  6. Bluebloodtoo
    9:59 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    You know he would, but…. There is the NCAA as well, which will certainly be consulted.



  7. bigbluebanana
    10:02 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    I would actually love to see this hire. As a kid in the early 90’s, I used to love those Tarkanian teams throwing up 100 points a game. Pitino May be a garbage human in some aspects of life, but he helped UK tremendously and almost brought a title to Louisville in 2013. Hope this comes to fruition, it would be fun to watch.



  8. Smyrna_Cat
    10:13 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Won’t the NCAA have a say in this?



  9. Duff86
    10:52 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    This would be amazing. Please make this happen UNLV!



  10. Racerr11
    5:08 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    UK basketball is what it is regardless of who the coach is. If anything UK helped pitino not the other way around. Ricki boy was a really good coach at one time but the game has changed and passed him by awhile back. I doubt UNLV will ever happen mainly because there’s still a lot to settle between loserville and NCAA that all involves Ricki boy and it’s not going to be a slap on the hand. Major infractions are awaiting.



  11. Racerr11
    7:39 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    UK is the Gold Standard of college basketball so if anything we helped Ricki boy. UNLV won’t take him either, there’s is still alot of issues between NCAA and loserville which involved little Ricki boy 100% so no one in there right mind would do that. Just weeks ago there was big talk about UCLA wanting him but was quickly silenced when AD said no way, the talk all cane from boosters which I believe is the sane thing going on now UNLV talk is coming from outside of the AD Dept. With all that being said Ricki was a good coach way back but time has passed him by.