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Lil Wayne shouts out John Calipari and Rick Pitino in new song

There is a new song you should consider adding to your weekend hip-hop playlist because it references two Kentucky Basketball head coaches—one present, the other now at Iona. In Lil Wayne’s new verse on Polo G’s “GANG, GANG,” he mentions both John Calipari and Rick Pitino with the line:. I’m...
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Rick Pitino said nice things about Calipari and was pretty funny on Rex Chapman’s podcast

Rick Pitino isn’t the villain he once was when he wore the rival’s colors at Louisville and helped the Cardinals set a Guinness World Record for scandals while not winning the national championship in 2013. Maybe it’s time healing old wounds, or maybe it’s Chris Mack cutting wrestling promos and beefing with former assistants, but Pitino has slipped in the rankings of UK Basketball’s adversaries in recent years.
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Rick Pitino Reacts To Mick Cronin’s Heartbreaking Final Four Loss

Iona head coach Rick Pitino made it abundantly clear that he was on Team UCLA heading into the Final Four thanks to his long-standing friendship with Bruins head coach Mick Cronin. So he was understandably heartbroken to see Cronin’s team lose last night. Taking to Twitter this morning, Pitino wrote...
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Iona’s Rick Pitino adds his next point guard in Tulsa transfer Elijah Joiner

Rick Pitino has landed his next point guard. Iona on Saturday landed a commitment from Tulsa graduate transfer Elijah Joiner, whose the Gaels over Illinois, TCU and Texas A&M. “I felt that it was a great situation for me to play for a team who just won their conference and made it to the NCAA Tournament,” he said. “Coach Pitino’s resume speaks for itself and I’m excited to play for him and learn from him.”
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Rick Pitino congratulates Roy Williams on stellar career

North Carolina coach Roy Williams announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a multi-decade run of success with the Tar Heels, highlighted by three national championships. Iona coach Rick Pitino, a star in his own right, gave Williams a shout-out on social media following the decision. "Congrats Roy on a brilliant...
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Rick Pitino rooting for former assistant coach in Final Four

Rick Pitino has a rooting interest in the Final Four thanks to one of his former assistant coaches. UCLA coach Mick Cronin was an assistant to Pitino at Louisville from 2001-2003. He’s been very successful since then, reaching the NCAA Tournament with Murray State and finding further success with Cincinnati and UCLA. Pitino made clear Wednesday he’s pulling for Cronin with the Bruins in the Final Four.
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Alabama coach reaches out to idol Rick Pitino after ousting Gaels

Alabama has asserted itself as one of the best teams in the nation this season, as evidenced by its No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region entering Sunday’s Sweet 16 game matchup against UCLA. Yet hours after Alabama extended its stay in the tournament by vanquishing the feel-good...
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Rick Pitino wanted Kentucky to lose SEC title game in 1996

There's an age-old question in college basketball: is a late-season loss good for a team on a long winning streak?. One on hand, it could relieve some of the pressure and allow for a reset. On the other, it could fracture a team's confidence. This dynamic was at play once...
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Texas Basketball: Rick Pitino a controversial head coaching candidate

Rick Pitino Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports. The talk of the town on the Forty Acres this weekend is the looming coaching search that the Texas basketball program is about to undertake. Following the hiring of the now former Texas head coach Shaka Smart by the Marquette Golden Eagles out of the Big East, which was first reported back on March 26, this program is left to do a coaching search that many figured would’ve happened anyway.