Posted by Eric Angevine
Richard Pitino is one of the hottest young names in coaching. The son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino is just 28 years old, but he's been mentioned as the top candidate for the open Boston University job, which was vacated when Patrick Chambers headed off to Penn State.
Boston's Daily Free Press blog Full Court Press followed up on a tweet by CBS Sports hoops pundit Jon Rothstein, which stated that the Pitino progeny was not a candidate at BU:
The 28-year-old Pitino rejoined his father Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville in April after a two-year stint as an assistant at the University of Florida under Billy Donovan. His arrival was part of an overhaul of Pitino's staff after former assistant Steve Masiello left to become the head coach at Manhattan College and former assistant Tim Fuller left for a similar position at the University of Missouri after just one season on the Cardinals' staff, a departure that prompted Pitino to consider a two-year commitment contract from anyone he brings on to his staff.If it seems rash to offer a head-coaching job to a 28-year-old with a big name, consider this: Pitino the Younger was also considered for the job in 2009, when he was just 26. At that time, it was Chambers who ended up getting the job, leading to his brief reign over the Terriers.
"Richard is under contract for two years," the elder Pitino said in a press conference today. "If the greatest job in America came up next year, he is not going anywhere."
Louisville AD Tom Jurich has denied rumors that Richard Pitino was brought aboard as the eventual successor to his father. The elder Pitino is only 58 years old, makes more money than anyone else in college hoops, and seems to be in good health, so it seems more likely that his son will eventually get his head coaching career started at another school around the time he turns 30.
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