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Powerful UCLA boosters want Rick Pitino as coach, report says

Powerful UCLA boosters want Rick Pitino as coach, report says
Published On: Fri, Jan 04
Dec 30, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks with his players in a huddle during the second half against the Long Beach State 49ers at KFC Yum! Center. Louisvile defeated Long Beach State 63-48. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Pitino, who led Kentucky and Louisville to national titles, is a top target of two influential UCLAA boosters to be the school's next men's basketball coach,A Forbes SportsMoney reportedA Friday, citing an unidentified industry source.

Casey Wasserman, a billionaire UCLA alumnus described by Forbes as being "influential" in the hiring of current BruinsA football coachA Chip Kelly, and high-powered entertainment lawyer John Branca, who graduated from UCLA Law School, are "going after Pitino, that's their No. 1 choice," the source told Forbes.

Pitino, 66, is coaching EuroLeague team Panathinaikos in Greece this season. He was fired by LouisvilleA in October 2017 in the wake of multiple scandals at the school, the last being a pay-for-play scheme involving five-star recruit Brian Bowen. He also led Providence to the Final Four..

He is 770-271 (.740)A in 32 seasons at the college level and would offer UCLA, once the most powerful dynasty in the sport, the kind of jolt that might help a program that has fallen on relatively hard times. He does, however, come with the baggage of run-ins with the NCAA.

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