Pitino on coaching future after loss: ‘Have no idea’

ALBANY, N.Y.– After his last video game of his 3rd period at Iona, Rick Pitino really did not recognize whether he would certainly be back for a 4th – or if he would certainly be mentoring elsewhere.

The 70-year-old Pitino, that got to the NCAA Competition with Iona for the 2nd time after a long, storied Hall of Popularity occupation at Boston College, Divine Superintendence, Kentucky, Louisville as well as the NBA, continues to be St. John’s No. 1 target, resources informed ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Both sides have actually had conversations, yet no bargain has actually been wrapped up at this moment, resources claimed, yet the search has actually stayed concentrated on Pitino as well as nothing else severe prospects have actually arised.

Yet will he remain at Iona or will he go?

” I truly do not have a solution to it, to be straightforward with ya,” Pitino claimed. “I have no suggestion if it is or isn’t due to the fact that I have actually concentrated whatever on this video game.”

For a fifty percent, it resembled Pitino could have obtained his first-ever win as a double-digit seed as a head instructor. Iona led Connecticut at halftime, 39-37 – a fifty percent he called the very best half his group has actually played all year.

Yet that would certainly not last. Connecticut more-than-doubled up Iona in the 2nd fifty percent, cruising to an 87-63 win sending out Pitino right into the mentoring inquiries he fielded as frequently the day prior to the Gaels’ preliminary NCAA video game as he did later.

Prior to he came to the platform for his postgame interview, Pitino went through the corridors of MVP Field in Albany. He desired good luck to a Drake basketball gamer – Drake as well as Miami were playing the complying with video game – and after that quit to chat for a quick minute with P.J. Carlesimo, the previous Seton Hall head instructor as well as now-ESPN as well as radio expert. Flanked by an armed law enforcement officer, Pitino strolled by the Iona band prior to he encountered Connecticut instructor Dan Hurley.

He as well as Hurley welcomed, as well as he informed Hurley “Win all of it. Win all of it. You have actually obtained the group to do it.”

It’s something he had actually repeat minutes later the dais, claiming he thought the Huskies had the qualities in position to possibly win a championship game.

Pitino claimed he had not been ending up being psychological on the platform when he was inquired about his future. He later on discussed being pardoned in the Louisville basketball rumor as well as exactly how it took years far from his occupation. He claimed he’s treasured his past – both the successes as well as the blunders he made as well as where he is currently. On Thursday, Pitino claimed he would certainly take into consideration mentoring for one more years.

Pitino had a 293-140 document at Louisville with 3 Last Fours as well as a championship game; a 219-50 document at Kentucky with 3 Last Fours as well as a nationwide title, 42-23 at Divine superintendence with a Last 4 as well as a 91-51 document at Boston College complying with a six-game job at Hawaii. He likewise trained in the NBA with the Knicks as well as Celtics as well as for 2 periods in Greece at Panathinaikos.

All causing his last 3 periods at Iona, where he went 64-22 with 2 NCAA Competition looks as well as might be on the relocation once more.

” Today is where we go to now as well as it’s unsatisfactory for my people due to the fact that they’re a terrific team of youngsters,” Pitino claimed. “And also the future, I truly have no suggestion what the future might bring due to the fact that I reached take a look at the grand plan of aspects of winning as well as winning is really crucial due to the fact that most of us function so hard, every instructor functions so difficult.

” And also we played virtually an ideal video game, finest fifty percent of the period.”

When he was pressed concerning whether he had a stay-or-go timeline to head to Iona or St. John’s or probably also in other places, he once more had no response.

” I truly have not place any kind of believed right into it in any way. I listen to the concern from you as well as I assume when you begin planning ahead, you constantly fall short,” Pitino claimed. “We placed a great deal of initiative right into this video game as well as I do not recognize. I do not recognize if it’s appropriate for me, one more work. I do not recognize that.”

Pitino after that recognized the discussions around St. John’s – prior to claiming he’s never ever seen St. John’s. Probably he implied in its present kind, due to the fact that Pitino after that released right into a tale concerning mentoring versus famous St. John’s instructor Lou Carnesecca in 1987.

After informing the tale – Pitino constantly has a tale – he returned to something that could reveal several of his reasoning.

” You do not buy residences without checking out the garage, the upstairs, the kitchen area as well as whatever,” Pitino claimed. “You do not simply purchase a residence.”

Concerning 20 mins later on, his interview wrapped up, Pitino left – guard at his side, gaggle of media strolling behind him – quiting to briefly conversation with a number of media participants prior to becoming part of the Iona storage locker area as well as his sporting activities details supervisor claiming he would not be doing anymore meetings.

Was that the last time he’ll stroll right into Iona’s storage locker area after a video game as the group’s head instructor? Pitino claimed he does not recognize. He does not have a schedule for it.

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