Rick Pitino Mar 17, 2023; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Rick Pitino looks on against the UConn Huskies during the first half at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

As speculation intensifies that St. John’s will hire Rick Pitino, the legendary basketball coach is visiting the university to meet with top officials.

The New York Post reported Sunday afternoon that the 70-year-old Pitino “has been the sole focus of the Johnnies’ coaching search since parting ways with Mike Anderson nine days ago.”

According to the report, Pitino wanted to meet “those in charge” and tour the school and basketball facilities Sunday night before reaching an agreement.

Pitino, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, remains the only coach to win NCAA basketball titles at two schools, Kentucky and Louisville. His other coaching stops included head coaching stints in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Most recently, he’s coached the Iona Gaels to a pair of MAAC regular-season titles and two conference tournament championships in the last three years.

The Red Storm finished 18-15 this season and have posted only one winning season in Big East Conference play in the past eight seasons.

The college basketball world is intrigued by Pitino’s reported move St. John’s.

[New York Post]

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