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22:47  08 november  2019
22:47  08 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Rick Pitino has reached a deal to coach Greece’s men’s national basketball team, the Greek Basketball Federation said in a statement on Friday.

Rick Pitino wearing a suit and tie: Since his firing by Louisville, Rick Pitino has maintained his personal innocence in the alleged bribery scheme behind the recruitment of Brian Bowen.© Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Since his firing by Louisville, Rick Pitino has maintained his personal innocence in the alleged bribery scheme behind the recruitment of Brian Bowen.

The former Louisville coach will be introduced formally on Monday at a news conference outside Athens.

"Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team," Pitino tweeted. "Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

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His first task is to qualify Greece for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Greece will play in a qualifying tournament in June after falling short of Olympic qualification at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. It is unlikely that Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo will be available for that qualifying tournament unless the Bucks somehow miss the NBA playoffs or are eliminated in the first or second rounds.

Pitino coached Greek team Panathinaikos last year, leading it to Greek League and Greek Cup championships. He did not return to the team for the 2019-20 season.

Pitino was fired from Louisville two years ago amid a federal investigation into the basketball program. Last month, the Louisville Athletic Association reached a settlement with Pitino, who filed a breach of contract lawsuit seeking nearly $40 million. As part of the agreement, Pitino’s departure from the school is considered a resignation.

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