Yes @Rick_Pitino was wanted by many boosters but administration @UCLA said NO ! No doubt he would have brought national SUCCESS to Bruins & would have given them STAR BILLING to compete for the entertainment dollar in Hollywood!
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 10, 2019
Famed broadcaster and former coach Dick Vitale took a swipe at UCLA administrators for making a hard pass at the option to hire Rick Pitino to replace ousted coach Steve Alford.
Vitale used the wrong Pitino twitter handle (@realPitino) so it is unlikely that the former Kentucky and Louisville coach will even see it.
Checking the Vitale tweet’s reply thread, no one seems to be in a forgiving mood regarding Pitino’s rocky ride at the University of Louisville. Here’s a sampling:
Whether or not Pitino was aware of the misdeeds of his assistant coaches, basketball fandom remains fully aware.
No PRIME TIME PLAYIN’ for Ricky P in America just yet. But he continues working in Greece and posting podcasts with the voices of his basketball allies.
— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) January 9, 2019