Providence lost to Kentucky, 61-53, and Iona fell to UConn, 87-63. News about the coaching carousel is coming out fast and furious, including Casual Hoya declaring that Ed Cooley will indeed be the next coach of the Georgetown Hoyas. The question is, when? We wait.
Ed Cooley will be the next head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas.— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 18, 2023
Meanwhile, John Fanta has reported that St. John’s intends to finalize a deal with Rick Pitino to hire the Hall of Famer as its next head coach. There’s no reason to doubt this news other than the recent uptick in Providence fans hoping that Pitino would come back to coach PC.
NEW: St. John's intends to finalize a deal with Rick Pitino to hire the Hall of Famer as its next head coach, sources tell FOX Sports.— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) March 18, 2023
My story: https://t.co/9tILHTkAnK
Here are some other interesting tweets and links since the losses.
Ed Cooley, welcome to Georgetown— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) March 18, 2023
Is this the last walk for Rick Pitino as the head coach of Iona? pic.twitter.com/ztuIRguATH— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 17, 2023
Ed Cooley 3-7 in the NCAA Tournament.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) March 18, 2023
Nothing is definite on Rick Pitino's future, per multiple sources.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 18, 2023
"Not done," one source said.
He still hasn't visited the St. John's campus, seen the facilities, met with the President, etc.
The final seconds + celebration as No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson upsets No. 1 Purdue— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) March 18, 2023
@Williams_Justin | #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/4OqEHrHW8U
Rick Pitino, St. John's, Ed Cooley ... and whatever the hell comes next.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 18, 2023
What was once though impossible now seems inevitable: Pitino's magnificent return to the big leagues of CBBB appears to be just days away.
"I would expect this thing to move fast."https://t.co/4i7yZJlNeT
And now, we wait.— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 18, 2023
Sources: Providence has offered Ed Cooley a new contract, with significant financial upgrades for both he and his coaching staff.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 18, 2023
Cooley is receiving heavy interest from Georgetown.
He also received a new contract after last season's run to the Sweet 16.
Napolillo -- 'I've had many conversations with (Big East commissioner) Val Ackerman over the past month.'— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) March 20, 2023
'This league was built on dignity, respect and integrity.'
'I don't believe anyone can say this is what you want to see in the Big East conference.'
Georgetown met with Ed Cooley today, source told @Stadium. Decision likely Monday.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 20, 2023
Ed Cooley update : in East Greenwich all day, did speak with PC&Georgetown officials. Said to be struggling to make a ‘life decision.’— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) March 20, 2023
Amazing to me how publicly this is playing out, hurting both programs IMO.
*Photo from @RIMonthly pair noted for holding Power in Sports in R.I. pic.twitter.com/XOYTT7RddD
Certainly feels Ed Cooley's days are over at PC— Morey Hershgordon (@MHershgordon) March 20, 2023
"Sometimes in life change is needed for emotional stability and wellness and just because you're at a place doesn't mean it's forever."
My exclusive conversation with '22 National Coach of the Year:https://t.co/q2ixa7qYtV
We can continue to play these games. Or, we can just hire Rick Pitino.— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 20, 2023