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Report: UCLA booster Casey Wasserman not backing Rick Pitino

Report: UCLA booster Casey Wasserman not backing Rick Pitino
Published On: Mon, Jan 07
Nov 26, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino celebrates his 700th win with Athletic Director Tom Jurich following the second half against the Cleveland State Vikings at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Cleveland State 45-33. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors have been circulating that UCLA may have interest in hiring Rick Pitino, but you might be able to pump the breaks on that talk.

College basketball reporter Adam ZagoriaA wrote in a piece for ForbesA that prominent UCLA boosters Casey Wasserman and John Branca were backing Pitino as their No. 1 choice to replace Steve Alford. Thata€™s significant because Wasserman has tremendous influence at the school.

Wasserman donated money to created The Wasserman Football Center on UCLAa€™s campus. He was also the primary driver behind the school securing Chip Kelly as football coach. If Wasserman wants something, therea€™s a good chance he can make it happen.

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