Oh, how the tables have turned. Michigan may finally get Pitino after all. If you didn’t know, back in 2001 Rick Pitino actually signed an agreement to be the next head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. Obviously, he eventually backed out and became the coach of Louisville, but how he informed Michigan of his new decision may be the most Pitino thing of all time:
“I tried to call the A.D. at Michigan between 12 and 1,” he recalled. “I had a false name. I would give him a fake name and he would call me back. I couldn’t get a hold of him because he was playing squash. The secretary said he demands that he doesn’t get interrupted unless it’s an emergency and if you want you can leave a voicemail. I left a voicemail and went to Louisville and I’m really happy I did.”
He used a fake name to talk to the AD of Michigan? I can’t decided between a shady joke or a kinky sex joke, but one thing is for certain; some things never change. And another thing that never changes is that Rick Pitino tops the odds of a head coaching vacancy. According to Bovada, he is the second favorite to take the Michigan job.
So, Chris Beard has the best odds. After signing that massive extension at Texas Tech, I would be surprised if he left that quickly, but if he does, I totally called that. Humble brags only.
Then, there is Juwon Howard. I swear I hear more about him trying to be a coach than I ever did when he was a player. As just an assistant for the Heat, I am sure he would take the first chance he gets to become the head coach of a college or professional team.
But there is just something about Pitino in Michigan that I love so much. Say what you will about him as a person or his past personal history, but man can coach. He would run the Big 10 in a way that we have never seen before and would make Tom Izzo look like the coach he really is. A fraud who cannot win championships.