5 Most Likely Replacements For Rick Pitino If He's Fired By Louisville

By Brad Berreman

The investigation is deemed to be ongoing, but the scandal involving Louisville men’s basketball players and parties involving strippers has led to the school self-imposing a postseason ban for this season. Head coach Rick Pitino has maintained he had no knowledge of the situation while it was going on, but if the opposite is found at some point he will surely be fired before next season.

If Pitino is fired by Louisville, here are the five most likely replacements for him.

5 Most Likely Replacements For Rick Pitino If He\'s Fired By Louisville
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5. Gregg Marshall

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Wichita State is having another very good season, with an 18-6 record and 12-1 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, so Marshall is sure to become a candidate for bigger jobs again. Louisville may seek a notable name to replace Pitino, and Marshall fits that bill.

5. Gregg Marshall

Wichita State is having another very good season, with an 18-6 record and 12-1 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, so Marshall is sure to become a candidate for bigger jobs again. Louisville may seek a notable name to replace Pitino, and Marshall fits that bill.

4. Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M has lost three of their last four games, but they are still No. 15 in the current AP poll with a 18-5 record. Kennedy stands to become a popular candidate for open jobs that could be viewed as a step up, and Louisville may have him near the top of their list to replace Pitino.

4. Billy Kennedy

Texas A&M has lost three of their last four games, but they are still No. 15 in the current AP poll with a 18-5 record. Kennedy stands to become a popular candidate for open jobs that could be viewed as a step up, and Louisville may have him near the top of their list to replace Pitino.

3. Kevin Keatts

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Keatts is in his second season as head coach at UNC-Wilmington, with a 36-19 overall record right now. But his history as a Pitino assistant at Louisville, including the the 2012-13 national championship season, makes Keatts an automatic candidate for the job if it opens up.

3. Kevin Keatts

Keatts is in his second season as head coach at UNC-Wilmington, with a 36-19 overall record right now. But his history as a Pitino assistant at Louisville, including the the 2012-13 national championship season, makes Keatts an automatic candidate for the job if it opens up.

2. Marvin Menzies

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Menzies spent a couple seasons at Louisville as an assistant under Pitino, and he currently has a 192-108 record as New Mexico State's head coach with a sixth NCAA tournament appearance (fifth straight) looking likely. He is not a big name nationally, but Menzies could quickly become a top candidate if Louisville looks at Pitino's coaching tree.

2. Marvin Menzies

Menzies spent a couple seasons at Louisville as an assistant under Pitino, and he currently has a 192-108 record as New Mexico State's head coach with a sixth NCAA tournament appearance (fifth straight) looking likely. He is not a big name nationally, but Menzies could quickly become a top candidate if Louisville looks at Pitino's coaching tree.

1. Steve Masiello

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Masiello spent a lot of time as an assistant under Pitino at Louisville before taking the head job at Manhattan. The Jaspers are having a tough season after two straight NCAA tournament appearances, but Masiello stands out among candidates to replace Pitino.

1. Steve Masiello

Masiello spent a lot of time as an assistant under Pitino at Louisville before taking the head job at Manhattan. The Jaspers are having a tough season after two straight NCAA tournament appearances, but Masiello stands out among candidates to replace Pitino.

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