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Friday / April 19.
  • Rick Pitino reaffirms he’s not interested in UNLV job

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Rick Pitino reaffirmed Thursday he’s not interested in coaching at UNLV despite persistent reports that he’s linked to the job.

    “I root for UNLV every game,” Pitino said Thursday by text from Athens, where he’s currently residing after he coached Greek team Panathinaikos to a Greek Cup Championship. “I’m a big fan since the Tark days . But I now root for them every game because Marvin Menzies is like my younger brother. Neither I nor my agent have had any discussions with UNLV about coaching there. I’ll continue to root for my ex-assistant every game. Go Marv -Go Rebels.”

    Pitino last week sent a similar text to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

    On Wednesday night, Nevada fans taunted UNLV during the Wolf Pack’s 89-73 home victory by chanting “Rick Pi-tino” during the game. UNLV is currently 15-13, 9-7 in the Mountain West.

    Pitino, 66, was fired at Louisville in the fall of 2017, but has never been directly linked to the Brian Bowen/Adidas scandal at the school.

    His name figures to be linked to coaching openings going forward.

    (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.