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SportRick Pitino prepared to give up college basketball 'forever' to stay in Greece

01:05  16 june  2019
01:05  16 june  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino is prepared to sign with Greece ’s Panathinaikos, a EuroLeague power that could help the 66-year old reach his goal of returning to the NBA. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, a formal agreement will soon be signed, and Pitino is expected to

Rick Pitino has agreed to a deal to coach EuroLeague power Panathinaikos of Greece for the rest of the Pitino 's goal is to return to the NBA as a head coach, and his hope is that the Panathinaikos job can be Before the scandal that ousted him at Louisville, Pitino authored a legendary college career.

Rick Pitino prepared to give up college basketball 'forever' to stay in Greece© Thomas Joseph-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Pitino is ready for another year in Greece if his children are on board, even if it means the end of his college basketball career.

Pitino said he will travel to New York this week to speak with his kids and if they agree, he will sign on for another season with Greek club Panathinaikos. He warned, however, that it would mean the end of his college coaching career, as he told Kostas Katevas of Cosmote TV, via EuroHoops:

“You have to understand is that if I come back, I give up college basketball forever. It could never happen because I couldn’t leave Panathinaikos for a college in March or April. If I come back, it’s Panathinaikos and then death.”

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Morning Coffee: Rick Pitino is getting popular all of a sudden in college basketball . Gentry Estes. On the same day that the Wall Street Journal posted a story on Pitino 's time coaching 'em up in Greece , Pitino was being prominently mentioned partly through his own efforts for the job opening at

Rick Pitino is returning to college basketball as the next head coach at Iona, the school announced Saturday. Iona coach Tim Cluess announced Friday that he is stepping He was hired in December 2018 by Panathinaikos in Greece , winning a Greek Cup and the Greek Basket League championship.

Pitino has previously said he won’t leave Europe for a college job. It’s obvious that he still has the itch to coach in college if the timing is right despite that comment. The reality is that college basketball has likely moved on from him after the Louisville scandal. He won both the league and the Greek Cup this season, and Panathinaikos seems like a pretty good gig for him — perhaps the best he’ll get at this stage of his career.

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