This might not be the first time you’ve heard this idea spoken into existence, and it certainly won’t be the last.
Now that Rick Pitino is the new head coach of the Iona Gaels out of New York, a Divison I school who play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), what is stopping Kentucky and head coach John Calipari from scheduling the former Louisville coach to a future matchup?
Dick Vitale – in his infinite, waning wisdom – has already pitched the idea to the two head coaches, arguing they should participate in the “Jimmy V Classic” up in Madison Square Garden, which is actually a pretty awesome idea for both sides.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 15, 2020
It rekindles the Pitino-Calipari/Kentucky rivalry, gives Iona a chance to make an early name for themself, and raises a TON of money for the V Foundation. There are obviously going to be fans that are against this idea, because Pitino is rightfully known as a shady character to the outside world, which is understandable. But it was only a matter of time before he returned to the collegiate coaching ranks. At least this way Kentucky can secure an easy, early-season victory.
This is all to say the NCAA doesn’t come down with the hammer on Pitino (which feels likely) once the world returns to normalcy following the coronavirus pandemic. So who knows if he’s even coaching Iona for this potential matchup.