NCAA Tournament 2023: Rick Pitino sounds off on coaching vacancies after Iona’s loss to UConn in first round

Iona scared UConn for real. Rick Pitino’s gals led by two points in 20 minutes and Husky coach Dan Hurley was 20 minutes away from a third consecutive NCAA Tournament exit, but fourth-seeded Connecticut restored order by dominating the second half in Friday’s 87-minute win. 63. Now all eyes are on Pitino’s status. The Hall of Fame coach was reportedly linked to the St. John concert.

Other teams in the previous coaching carousel and this cycle began sniffing around Pitino — considered one of college basketball’s elite coaches — after he was exonerated in the Louisville pay-per-game scandal.

“Honestly, I really don’t have an answer to that question,” Pitino said when asked if this was his last game in Aion. “I have no idea if this is true or not, because I focused all my attention on this game, trying to develop a plan to defeat Connecticut. They just physically dominated us on the glass and in the bottom rack. It really taught me a lesson in what it takes to compete at that level and we didn’t have a frontcourt that could compete at that level. So that taught me a lot that Jonah needs in the future.”

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Here’s what Pitino said at the post-match press conference:


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