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Pitino to Work for CBS

January 23, 2001|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — Rick Pitino is headed back to work in college basketball--not on the sideline, though.

The well-traveled coach, who resigned two weeks ago as coach and president of the Boston Celtics, is joining CBS Sports as a game analyst and studio commentator for the NCAA tournament.

The television work appears to be a time-filler until the off-season, when Pitino is expected to land a coaching job, probably in college.

Pitino, coach of Kentucky's 1996 NCAA championship team, will partner with play-by-play announcer Tim Brando for the first two rounds of the tournament, then move into the studio for the rest.

When he was a college coach, Pitino appeared as a guest commentator for CBS during the NCAA tournament.

Pitino, who could not be reached for comment Monday, played at Massachusetts, worked as an assistant coach at Hawaii and Syracuse, then coached at Boston University and Providence, two programs he took from mediocrity to the NCAA tournament.

He spent two seasons with the New York Knicks, taking them to the playoffs in 1987-88 for the first time in four years and winning the Atlantic Division in 1988-89.

Then he took over a Kentucky team that had been on probation and led it to the Final Four three times in eight seasons, including the 1996 title.

Pitino joined the Celtics in 1997, charged with reviving the once-proud franchise, but compiled only a 102-146 record in 3 1/2 seasons.

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