COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Apparently, though, when March Madness returns in 2021, Rick Pitino hopes to be coaching in it.
Pitino will become the next head coach at Iona, the school announced Saturday.
Pitino is a Basketball Hall of Famer and one of the most accomplished coaches of his era, but his career hasn't been without a slew of personal scandals. He lost his most recent job at Louisville in October of 2017 after a bribery investigation concluded that he was part of improper recruiting. The NCAA vacated the National Title that he led the team to in 2013.
Now 67, Pitino has been the head coach of Panathinaikos B.C. since the start of the 2018-19 season. A year ago, Pitino's team went 24-2 and ultimately won the Greek Cup. Panathinkaikos was 18-2 in 2019-20 before the season was suspended because of COVID-19.
Pitino, who also guided Kentucky to the 1996 NCAA Championship, has a .705 career win percentage as a college coach, though stretches of his time with Louisville have been vacated.