Rick Pitino Reveals Biggest College Basketball Regret
Rick Pitino revealed the biggest college basketball regret he could think of during a recent interview. This came on the heels of him becoming the next head coach of Iona on Saturday.
While many would immediately assume Pitino’s controversial 2017 departure from Louisville amidst scandal was his biggest regret – it was not.
According to Pitino, his biggest regret was leaving Providence College after spending very little time there.
This weekend, Pitino was named as Tim Cluess’ replacement as the next coach of the Gaels.
Cluess stepped down on Friday for health reasons.
While doing an interview discussing his new gig, Pitino looked back on his career and explained why he was so excited about this opportunity with Iona.
“I’m very excited,” he said of his new job.
“It fulfills everything I want. It gets me back on the sidelines, in New York where I grew up. In a small catholic, a lot of people have always said ‘do you regret leaving Kentucky?’ I’ve always said I spent seven great years at Kentucky.
“My biggest regret has always been that I left Providence College because I was only there for two years. Those were two of the happiest years I’ve had in my 40 years of coaching, so I get to go back to a small catholic school like a Providence College.”
Under Cluess’ reign, the Gaels were very successful for the better part of the last decade.
Will Pitino be able to replicate that sort of success? Time will tell.