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Rick Pitino Linked To Maryland Job: Fans React

Rick Pitino makes a funny face as he coaches against Arizona.

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals against the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Louisville won 103-64. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Earlier Wednesday morning, a report emerged suggesting the University of Maryland is "heavily pursuing" Rick Pitino to lead its basketball program.

"We're not saying Rick is the guy [yet]," The Sports Junkies host Jason Bishop said. "We're just saying that Maryland really likes Pitino. He's their top dog."

"He's their number one choice," Eric Bickel added. "They're going hard after him right now and there are a couple donors that are leading the charge."

It didn't take fans long to start reacting to the news that Pitino might be coming to Maryland as the team's next head coach. Reactions were mixed, but most fans believe it would be a fun move.

"Oh this would be fun..." one fan said.

One fan believes the Terrapins would be in the Final Four in just a few years if Pitino becomes their head coach. "lol.... He'll have them in the final four in 3 years," the fan said.

One fan doesn't think Pitino will be there for very long - even if he is hired.

"Rick Pitino is a great coach but he brings baggage with him, and that means he probably wouldn't be here long," the fan said.

Pitino had immediate success after taking over the Iona Gaels. During the 2020-21 season, he led the team to a 12-6 record.

So far this season, the Gaels own a 24-5 record and are in the think of the NCAA Tournament conversation.