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The Big East Is Headed For Big Changes

The Big East has always been known for its great coaches, and one familiar face will be heading back to the Big East this upcoming season.

ESPN Reporting with @PeteThamel: Iona’s Rick Pitino has agreed on a six-year deal to become St. John’s coach. Pitino’s taken three schools to the Final Four, won NCAA titles at Kentucky and Louisville and now makes move to restore the Red Storm to Big East prominence. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 20, 2023

Iona’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has just accepted a six-year deal to take over as the St. Johns basketball coach.

Rick Pitino To St. Johns

Pitino has coached in the Big East twice before at Providence and Louisville. Pitino won a national championship in 1995-1996 at Kentucky and then won another one at Louisville in 2012-2013, but that was vacated for off-the-court issues that ended up getting him fired from Louisville.

Pitino is one walking scandal, and everywhere he goes expect there to be some type of wrongdoing that will probably get him fired.

Pitino is 70 years old, and the hire has to be one to get St. Johns back on its feet for the next couple of years.

St. Johns has been horrible as of late and the last time they went dancing was in 2018-2019, but they lost in the first four so that shouldn’t count.

The last time St. Johns made the big dance was in 2014-2015 when they lost in the second round.

The moral of the story is that St. Johns needs serious help, and they hopefully found the guy who could turn this thing around now.

St. Johns doesn’t have time to wait and turn this program around, and it probably wasn’t a good hire.

St. Johns is not ready to compete in the Big East yet, and hiring a guy with all the baggage like Pitino you have to be ready to compete now, and that is not the case.

This hire is to get fans back in the door for the next few years, and if they fool around and find a place in March Madness then it was better than expected.

Georgetown Makes A Hire

St. Johns was not the only Big East school to make a big-time coaching hire. Georgetown hired a familiar Big East coach making Providence Ed Cooley the new man for the job.

Welcome to The District Ed Cooley! 👏 🎉#HoyaSaxa 🗞: — Georgetown Hoops (@GeorgetownHoops) March 20, 2023

Cooley spent 12 years at Providence and went to the NCAA tournament seven times. Cooley coached his last game at Providence on Friday when he lost to Kentucky in the first round of the tournament.

Georgetown is another school that has had a horrible track record for the last few years. Georgetown made the first four of March Madness in 2020-2021 where they lost, but they haven’t made it since 2014-2015 when they made it to the third round.

Georgetown is in a great college basketball area located in Washington D.C, and when Georgetown is great college basketball is even better.

The Big East added one of the best coaches in college basketball history and kept one of their own and brought him over to a different team.

St. Johns and Georgetown now need to get back to being back to their college basketball ways, and it will be interesting to see what they can do with their new coaches over the next couple of seasons.



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