One of the most winningest coaches of all time, Geno Auriemma, says he would hire Rick Pitino despite his firing from Louisville.
Auriemma was asked if he would hire Rick Pitino on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast.
“If I had a job opening? Yes,” Auriemma said. “Well, I mean, everybody’s got baggage. You know, what are you going to do? You know, he did his time. He’s serving his sentence. He lost a great, great job. And you know what? So what. That’s a life sentence? I don’t know, I don’t think so.”
Auriemma also appeared on ESPN’s First Take where he defended his response stating, “who is better?? Nobody.” To which Stephen A. Smith agreed.
Check out the exchange on First Take: Geno Auriemma Says He Would Hire Rick Pitino
Auriemma has been the head coach of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, leading the Huskies to an NCAA record 11 National Championships. His coaching record is an impressive 991-135.
Louisville, KY — The Louisville Women’s Basketball team is taking center stage on national television when they face the 11-time National Champion UConn Huskies.
The Cardinals and the Huskies will face off on February 12th, 2018 at 7PM. The match will be aired live on ESPN2.
This will be the first time Louisville has faced their former conference foe since 2014.
UConn holds a 15-1 advantage in the series.
The women’s basketball selection show took place on Monday night, and the Louisville Cardinals (25-6) learned they will be a 3 seed in the Albany, New York region. Their first game is Saturday at 4 pm ET in Tampa, Florida against the 14-seed BYU Cougars. The game will be shown on ESPN2. BYU is 23-9 this season and they won the WCC Tournament.
Jeff Walz and the Louisville Cardinals will get another shot at the top ranked and undefeated UConn Huskies on Monday night in the Championship game of the AAC Tournament. Last Monday, UConn defeated Louisville 68-48 at the KFC Yum! Center. Back in February in Storrs, UConn won 81-64. Everyone knows this will be a tall task for the Cards.
“We know in order to beat them we have to play a great game at the defensive end of the floor because they score so well. We’ll have to figure out a way to score. You’ve got to put 70 on the board yourself and I don’t think they’ve allowed 70 all year.”
In their first matchup, UConn’s Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds. A week ago in the last meeting she had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Even with those big numbers, she has only shot a combined 18-41 (43.9%) in those two games. It just seems like the shots that she does hit are at crucial times in the game and they feel bigger.