Rick Pitino meeting with St. John’s senior positions as the courtship intensified
Albany – St. John’s courtship with Rick Pitino will take its next step Sunday night.
A source told The Post that senior school officials will be meeting with the Hall of Fame coach.
Pitino has been the sole focus of Johnny’s coaching search since his split from Mike Anderson nine days earlier.
the post He was the first to report the common interest between the two parties the day before St. John Anderson fired It was let go after four mostly disappointing seasons.
The 70-year-old Pitino has led the University of Iona to two MAAC regular season tournament titles and two conference tournament titles in the past three years.
On Friday, Iona lost to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament, ending its 27-win season.
A key worker at St. John’s quest is the father boss. A source said Brian Shanley, who almost recruited Pitino to Providence 12 years ago, was “ruthless” in his pursuit of the legendary coach.
Betino Shanley was called a “superstar”.
Pitino wanted to meet the officials directly and tour St. John’s campus and facilities before agreeing to a deal.