The Siena basketball program is in search of a new head coach and one name that has been linked to the vacancy is former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who was fired in late-September due to the FBI’s ongoing investigation into corruption in college basketball.
Siena is looking to replace Jimmy Patsos, who resigned amid allegations of abuse, and a friend of Pitino’s said that he was interested in the job opening and wanted to discuss the possibility with Siena officials.
Well, Pitino quickly denied that report.
The Albany Times-Union reported that Roddy Valente, who co-owns the Kentucky Oaks contender Coach Rocks along with Pitino, said Pitino “wants to discuss the opening with Siena officials.” Asked if that was true, Pitino replied, “Nope.”
Pitino has been linked to other jobs this offseason. The Times-Union cited Valente saying Pitino would like to return to coaching.
Last season, the Saints went just 8-24. A coach like Pitino would bring instant credibility and excitement to the program, but it looks like Pitino to Siena is nothing more than a pipe dream.
Patsos led Siena for the past five seasons. During his time as a head coach, Patsos has an overall record of 222-227. His best season came in 2012, leading Loyola Maryland to a MAAC Tournament championship and earning MAAC Coach of the Year honors.