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Rick Pitino Is Reportedly Interested In The Siena Job

Rick Pitino addresses the media.

Rick Pitino was let go by Louisville back in the fall in the middle of an NCAA scandal. When Pitino was dismissed, there were some who wondered if he'd ever coach again.

This off-season, Pitino's name has been linked to coaching openings in college and the professional level. Pitino himself has expressed doubt he'll ever coach in college again.

However, a new report claims Pitino is interested in the vacant Siena job. The MAAC program is looking to replace Jimmy Patsos, who was let go last month.

It might seem implausible that Pitino would consider a mid-major program like Siena, but at least one of his friends is saying it could happen.

Per the Albany Times-Union:

Pitino wants to discuss the opening with Siena officials, said Loudonville thoroughbred owner Roddy Valente, a longtime friend who is a partner with Pitino in the Kentucky Oaks contender Coach Rocks.

“He basically said given the opportunity, he would love to sit down and explore coaching at Siena,’’ Valente said this morning.

Valente said Pitino wants to coach again, regardless of the level.

“He loves to coach,’’ Valente added. “He said Siena would be a good fit. He loves the area. He’s turned down two jobs because of where they were located. He loves the Capital Region.”

Pitino is one of the most accomplished coaches in America, at any level. He's taken three programs to Final Fours, won national championships at two of them and has coached in the NBA.

However, he just might also be the coach with the most baggage as well.