Rick Pitino hasn’t coached college basketball since 2017, but is still trying to make his way back to the sport. The latest reports indicate Pitino is interested in the St. John’s job.
Last night, it was reported that Chris Mullin was likely stepping down at his alma mater after four seasons. The news came as a bit of a surprise, though nothing is official yet.
Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley has been named as a potential “top target” for the Red Storm, per multiple outlets. Now, Pitino is putting feelers out that he wants the gig.
According to the New York Post’s Zach Braziller, Pitino reached out to St. John’s yesterday to express his interest in the job if it becomes available.
Pitino also outlined his interest in a text message to reporter Adam Zagoria earlier today.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 9, 2019
Pitino was dismissed at Louisville in the wake of the escort scandal and alleged NCAA violations, but there’s no denying his ability to recruit and coach. The man has taken three different schools to a Final Four and won national championships at two of them.
If St. John’s were to hire Pitino, in time he could potentially engineer a major shift of power in the Big East.