Rhode Island was reportedly prepared to make Rick Pitino a head coaching offer. Then, the university's president stepped in. He shot it down.
Pitino, fired as Louisville's head coach before the 2017-18 season, is reportedly interested in coaching again. He's reportedly reached out to some NBA teams. A professional team in New Zealand actually offered him a head coaching gig, too.
A college job is likely what Pitino would prefer, though. And he was reportedly set to get one.
A Providence site is reporting that Rhode Island was set to make Pitino a multi-million dollar offer to become their next head coach. URI's previous coach, Dan Hurley, left for UConn after the 2017-18 season.
"According to multiple sources, the deal would have paid the embattled Hall of Fame Coach Pitino $2 million a year. Pitino's salary at Rhode Island would have been less than Hurley's new contract at the University of Connecticut and less than a third of Pitino’s total package he had received at Louisville before his ouster.
But, when Bjorn took the offer to URI President David Dooley the hiring was shot down. According to multiple sources, Dooley balked due to Pitino’s ties to an FBI probe of the NCAA and other controversies," reports GoLocal.
Pitino, 65, was Louisville's head coach from 2001-17. He's won two national titles and made seven Final Fours.
The former Cardinals' coach remains upset with Louisville's administration.
"Every night I go to bed, I'm bitter at the U.S. attorney's office and at the 'board of traitors' at Louisville," Pitino recently said. "I'm not bitter at the school, but at the board of traitors."