Rick Pitino has Iona believing it can be an NCAA hoops power


After being fired at Louisville and training in Greece, then making his unbelievable return at Iona within the tumult of a pandemic, the legendary and scandal-scarred coach has a re-energized program primed for an additional NCAA Event run in 12 months 2 and is daring to speak Remaining 4.

Quinn Slazinski was among the many first to signal, becoming a member of Louisville’s first post-Pitino recruiting class. The Texas native may envision the Cardinals with out their longtime coach, profitable championships with out the Corridor of Famer, promoting out every of their area’s 22,000 seats with out the person who returned a dormant energy to prominence. 

Slazinski wasn’t recruited by Rick Pitino. He’d by no means met him. However the younger ahead shortly grew to become acquainted with the legend.

“In Louisville, you hear Rick Pitino’s title greater than the rest,” Slazinski mentioned. “Followers, gamers, everybody loves him.”

The tales have been entertaining, however of little significance. It appeared as probably that Slazinski would cross paths with Invoice Belichick on a school basketball courtroom. Then, Pitino returned from Greece, and arrived at Iona, ending a three-year exile, sparked by scandals at Louisville. Enjoying for an ACC energy, Slazinski discovered himself watching the MAAC, feeling near the coach afar.