Rick Pitino may not be in college basketball at the moment, but his coaching career continues on. Last season, he led Greek side Panathinaikos to a league title in his first year in Europe.
This off-season, there were some light Pitino rumors at a number of jobs stateside. His name was floated for college jobs at places like UCLA, St. John's, and UNLV, as well as some NBA jobs.
Pitino has expressed interest in getting back to America, but he does have a pretty good gig in Greece. He's coaching a pretty high level of basketball, and doesn't have to deal with the lingering questions that would come in college, given his ouster from Louisville and the continued focus on scandal in college basketball.
Panathinaikos' owner has made it known that he and the team really want Rick Pitino back for next season.
In an interview with Cosmote TV, owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos called Pitino one of the best coaches on the world. He says that he believes Pitino wants to stay in Greece, but he has to discuss with his family.
“We have one of the best coaches in the world,” Giannakopoulos said to Cosmote TV. “Everyone’s will is that he will be finally convinced and he will stay so that we will do better [next season]. We agree on 101%. We have the same opinions on basketball and everything. He wants to stay and he has expressed his desire to do so. But there must be some talks on a family level. I want to believe that we will soon receive the pleasant news that he’ll stay.”
While there are often late openings, it doesn't sound like a great opportunity is set to open for Pitino.
He obviously doesn't need to keep coaching, but Pitino seems to want to stay involved in the profession, and by all accounts he had a good experience in Greece last year. It wouldn't surprise to see him back with Panathinaikos soon.