In case you missed it, Rick Pitino has returned to college basketball. In exile since a forced exit from Louisville in October 2017, Pitino is coaching the Iona Gaels, and he’s eager to become a leading spokesman for promoting what’s good for the game.
Paying players and hiring escorts to entertain players at parties are not part of his plan.
College basketball, stained by federal and NCAA investigations of cheating coaches in recent years, has a much bigger problem in 2020-21. It’s not breaking news that the coronavirus pandemic, which wiped out March Madness, is threatening to ruin another season. A season that normally would have tipped off in early November has been pushed back to Nov. 25, and that’s when a different sort of madness will begin.