We’ve only had Rick Pitino back in college basketball for a few weeks and, perhaps expectedly, he’s already making waves.

First, Pitino locked down not but two highly touted recruits for the Iona Gaels over the weekend, snagging commitments from 2021 prospects Kenard Richardson and Ilechi Chantilou.

Second, Pitino seems to have secured a solid non-conference game for the Gaels this season (if it happens). You might have presumed that Iona would schedule the Minnesota Golden Gophers given that the Big Ten squad is coached by Richard Pitino, Rick’s son. However, any presumption that the game will take place in Minneapolis by default appear to be wrong. Instead, the Pitino’s appear to be settling that decision based on, of all things, the outcome of tonight’s WrestleMania match for the WWE title between Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre.

It started when grandpa Pitino tweeted out photos of his Minnesota-based grandkids getting ready for this weekend’s WrestleMania extravaganza.

When Richard quote-tweeted that, grandpa upped the ante and turned it into a bet. If Brock Lesnar wins, the Gophers will play at Iona. And if McIntyre wins, the Gaels will travel to Minnesota.

However, Richard flipped it because he couldn’t in good conscious root against Lesnar, who wrestled for the University of Minnesota before his WWE and UFC days.

And lest you think this is all just for giggles, Richard Pitino mostly-sorta confirmed it’s legit later on.

So there you go. If you are a Minnesota or Iona basketball fan who is also a big pro wrestling fan, tonight’s battle between Brock and Drew is going to be worth a whole lot more than you even realized. Forget the WWE title, this is about Qaundrant 1 scheduling now.

[The Pitinos]

About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed, Neighborhoods.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.