Well Iona, that's one way to put yourself back on the college basketball map!
This will end badly - not saying that Iona won't suddenly have four five star recruits next year and make it to the Elite 8 in the next 2-3 years - they likely will. However, in the end, things generally don't turn out well when you make a deal with the devil (is my opinion too harsh on Pitino?) Ha.
slick rick will make it rain bags of $$ in new roch...there were several articles penned years ago on the recruitment of mashburn...come to think of it...jimmy baron had another jamaal...magliore all locked up until $$ from the bluegrass state magically migrated across the peace bridge.
Post by bartmitchell on Mar 18, 2020 9:52:14 GMT -5
Interesting “human interest “ story for Pitino. (notice “human” is in quotes)....
Does he really want his last job, and final message to be “I cheated to the end Even with my reputation on the line ?” Or will he try to make a point by having success doing it clean. Iona is making a mistake either way. But they better have 3 people watching him at all times.
Personally, I think he’ll start with good intentions. That will last until the first recruit puts his hand out. That’s when the assistant coaches will start with the goodies. And when it blows up Pitino will try to hide behind now ‘implausible” deniability.
Shame. Iona caught lightening in a bottle with their last coach.....like Schmidt, good and CLEAN. Now they are spoiled, and so they reach.
I was very surprised about this hire from the perspective of it not being all that long since Iona was outed for misrepresenting the qualifications of incoming students, admissions reporting, etc. Then there was the sexual abuse scandal involving its president Br. Liguori. (To me ten or twelve years ago isn't that long, I'm old.)
Hiring someone with this kind of baggage made absolutely no sense to me at a time when Iona was finally putting those problems in the rear view mirror. Do you guys think he will actually coach the Gaels? Sorry if I have missed more recent developments. NY Post article: