Rick Pitino Hasn't Accepted Puerto Rico Coaching Job, Says Louisville
"(Rick Pitino) hasn't taken it," Kenny Klein, Louisville's sports information director told FanHouse. "He has not indicated his level or interest or timetable."
Primer Hora, a Spanish-language newspaper, said Pitino had agreed to coach the team, according to an anonymous source.
Carlos J. Beltran, the president of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation said Tuesday that the team is in "very advanced talks," with Pitino about coaching the club in pre-Olympic qualifying next summer.
Beltran described the situation as "very close," however, no such deal has yet been reached. Louisville did not offer further comment.
American coaches leading national teams other than the United States is not a rare occurrence. Bob Donewald Jr. is currently the coach of the Chinese men's basketball team, a position previously held by ex-Lakers coach Del Harris, while David Blatt, born in Louisville, coaches the Russian national team. Former Wheaton coach Bill Harris coaches the Indian national team.