Legendary faculty basketball coach Rick Pitino has coached Iona for 3 seasons. A fourth is up within the air. Head coach Rick Pitino of the Iona Gaels appears on through the first half towards the Connecticut Huskies through the first spherical of the 2022 NCAA Males’s Basketball Match held at MVP Area on March 17, 2023, in Albany, New York. (C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photographs by way of Getty Photos)Following Iona’s 87-63 loss to the UConn Huskies on Friday, Pitino was requested whether or not the first-round loss was his final as head coach of the Gaels. KENTUCKY UNAWARE 16-SEED FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON BEAT PURDUE DESPITE GAME ON JUMBOTRON: ‘NONE OF US KNEW THAT’”I actually do not have a solution to it, to be sincere with you,” Pitino mentioned. “I do not know whether it is or is not, as a result of I’ve targeted all the things on this recreation, attempting to develop a plan to beat Connecticut.” Pitino has been rumored to be the popular candidate for the top teaching place at St. John’s, a college simply 20 miles away from Iona. Head coach Rick Pitino of the Iona Gaels reacts within the second half towards the Connecticut Huskies through the first spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match at MVP Area on March 17, 2023, in Albany, New York. (Rob Carr/Getty Photos)”I actually have not put any thought into it in any respect,” Pitino mentioned when requested whether or not he had a timeline for making a call on his future. “I hear the query from you, and I believe while you begin pondering forward, you all the time fail.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM”We put loads of effort into this recreation. I do not know. I do not know if it is proper for me, one other job. I do not know that. It is one thing, like I mentioned earlier than, I do know you are all alluding to St. John’s, however I’ve by no means seen St. John’s. Someone despatched me a clip.” St. John’s fired head coach Mike Anderson final week after 4 seasons and failing to get the Purple Storm to the NCAA Match. “After absolutely evaluating the boys’s basketball program, our College has determined a change is required in each the management and path of St. John’s Basketball,” athletic director Mike Cragg mentioned in an announcement, in accordance with ESPN. “We want Coach Mike Anderson and his household one of the best of their future.” Head coach Rick Pitino of the Iona Gaels appears on within the first half towards the Connecticut Huskies through the first spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match at MVP Area on March 17, 2023, in Albany, New York. (Rob Carr/Getty Photos)Pitino’s Gaels went 27-8 earlier than falling to UConn within the event and put collectively a terrific first-half effort towards the Huskies. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIona took a 39-37 lead into halftime earlier than being outscored by 26 within the second half. “I believed we had a authentic probability of beating them going into the sport, however we got here out within the second half, and so they simply dominated us,” Pitino mentioned. “In order that they deserve all of the congratulations.” Joe Morgan is a Sports activities Reporter for Fox Information.
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