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Rick Pitino Is Being Mentioned As Potential Candidate For This College Job

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)

Rick Pitino has seen his name surface for a couple of head coaching jobs. Here's the latest.

Pitino has reportedly reached out to an NBA team, expressing interest in a potential opening.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that Pitino's representatives have reached out to the Milwaukee Bucks, which currently have an interim head coach in the wake of Jason Kidd's firing.

Interest on the NBA's side has yet to be confirmed, though.

One professional team actually has offered him a job, however. It's a New Zealand team. The New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League have reportedly offered their head coaching job to Pitino.

It seems highly doubtful that Pitino would accept this, but you never know how desperate he is to get back into coaching. He's not likely to get a ton of offers.

However, he has been mentioned by some as a potential candidate for Rhode Island's opening.

From the Providence Journal:

Does URI have the will to make a run at Rick Pitino?

Talk about a national story.

But Pitino certainly knows where URI is, loves Rhode Island, and it just might be worth a shot.

Or at least a conversation.

And, yes, he would come with some baggage. He also would come with incredible passion, his Hall of Fame resumé, and star power. He would instantly make the Rams a part of the national college basketball conversation, and fill the Ryan Center, not to mention take the in-state rivalry with PC to a new dimension.

Stay tuned...