Rick Pitino, Tom Crean Will Not Be Taking The Portland Trail Blazers Job

Well, we can probably cross a couple names off the list of potential -- and this is really a stretch -- candidates for the vacant Portland Trail Blazers head coaching job. Someone asked all the remaining coaches in the Portland pod of the NCAA Tournament whether they'd be interested in the job, and a couple answers -- notably Tom Crean's and Rick Pitino's -- were superb.

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From the AP:

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Rick Pitino: "Yeah, I really want the job. I'd really like to get out here. The weather has just knocked me over, and I really would like to start losing again. I'm dying to coach."

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Oh, but Tom Crean did him one better.

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Tom Crean: "We leave the declarations of not being involved in jobs to John Calipari, not me. I told him I was going to say that. I talked to him today. We were sharing notes. I say that in complete jest, and with respect."

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