Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has been tapped as the next basketball coach of Iona.
Iona announced Pitino’s hiring Saturday shortly after CBS Sports reported that Pitino told his Panathinaikos B.C. players that he would return to coach college basketball this year but still planned to finish the Euroleague season if and when league play resumed.
Pitino has returned to the United States, enabling him to interview in an effort to land what would likely be the final college gig of his career.
Iona is the pick, the news coming one day after the job officially came open on Friday when Tim Cluess stepped down after taking the year off due to health issues.
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