Rick Pitino is trying to find his way back into coaching after Louisville fired him in October because of his program’s allegedly prominent role in an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball.
The Hall of Fame coach has maintained his innocence and hasn’t faced charges of any kind despite allegations that he was involved in a $100,000 bribe from Adidas to a recruit to get him to play at Louisville before turning pro and signing an endorsement deal with the company.
On Friday, a New Zealand-based professional teams made waves when a report surfaced that they’d offered Pitino a job. Pitino responded to those reports later in the day and kind of gave an update on his current job prospects.
“It’s total BS — someone trying to poke fun at me,” Pitino texted according to Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Lot of comedians out of work.
“No jobs out there.”
As it turns out, the New Zealand Breakers are owned by one of former protege Billy Donovan’s players at Florida, Matt Walsh, who owns the team along with former NBA All-Star Shawn Marion and Barstool Sports blogger Dan “Big Cat” Katz.
Clearly, Pitino isn’t very interested in the job and he’s probably right about it simply being a publicity stunt. Big Cat certainly made it seem so when he took exception to Pitino’s “comedians” comment.
“We’re bloggers not comedians,” he wrote.