Sports Illustrated recently interviewed nearly a dozen college basketball broadcasters, writers and network executives to get their opinion on which current college basketball coaches have bright futures in broadcasting.
Louisville’s Rick Pitino was one of the nine head coaches whose name was mentioned the most. Villanova coach Jay Wright, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, Kansas coach Bill Self, St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, VCU coach Shaka Smart and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo were also popular candidates.
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas spoke very highly of Rick Pitino’s broadcasting potential. “Rick Pitino may be the smartest basketball person I’ve been around,” Bilas tells Sports Illustrated. “He would be at the top of any profession, and he’d be at the top of this one.”
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus also had high praise for Pitino. McManus told Sports Illustrated that the CBS/Turner entity would make room on i...