Rick Pitino may no longer be the head coach of the Louisville men’s basketball program, but he isn’t going away easy.
On Tuesday night at halftime of the NIT semifinals matchup between Western Kentucky and Utah, Pitino called ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg to share his thoughts on the hiring of Chris Mack.
“Rick Pitino actually gave me a call,” said Greenberg in the middle of the NIT doubleheader Tuesday night. “He said, ‘You can tell they have no exposure right now to the NCAA or FBI. No one on his former staff was indicted, the one person who was involved in the least bit was relieved of his duties right away within the first week.’ And he said, ‘Chris Mack will have a clean slate to go and rebuild the Louisville program.’ That’s directly from Rick Pitino.”
Pitino couldn’t help himself. Called Seth Greenberg at halftime of the NIT to share his thoughts on the Chris Mack hire. pic.twitter.com/sQexOdGlqb
— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) March 28, 2018
While his phone call shows that he genuinely still cares about the Louisville program, cynics likely will point out that the former Cardinals coach didn’t really outright endorse the hire during his conversation with Greenberg.
Instead, Pitino made the point that “no one” on his former staff was indicted, which is true, but a little irrelevant to the hiring of Mack.
Despite the act being a little self-serving, little things like this still might be the best way for Pitino to get back into the good graces of the basketball world and land another job, assuming that’s the end goal for the Hall of Fame coach.