Report: Rick Pitino has interest in UNLV job

When it comes to wild coaching rumors, it doesn’t get much wilder than this one.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Matt Youmans wrote an article Saturday about UNLV’s search for a new head coach, and he headlined the story by touting Rick Pitino as a candidate for the job.

Pitino has been the head coach at Louisville since 2001, reaching three Final Fours and winning one championship. He has further cemented his status as one of the best coaches in college basketball with his wonderful job coaching the Cardinals. Pitino has also been compensated handsomely for his work; he is making $4.4 million this season and is set to see a bump to $5.1 million next season.

Given all his success at Louisville, why would Pitino leave, especially for a job like UNLV?

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