The men sitting next to Rick Pitino continue to rotate around like a game of musical chairs. First Steve Masiello takes the Manhattan head coaching job. Now the man Pitino brought in last season to put a charge in recruiting, Tim Fuller has left the Cards after just one season to take the same position at Missouri.
Fuller is joining new Tigers coach Frank Haith, who he has many ties to in the past. Fuller played at Wake Forest where Haith was an assistant at the time and coached under him at Miami (FL) before joining Pitino’s staff last season.
“Frank Haith has been like a father to me.” said Fuller “He has been a part of my life since I was a Freshman in college and has helped mentor, advise, and direct me in every aspect as a person and professionally.”
The move came as some what of a surprise and has Louisville fans wondering where this loss will leave them with top 2012 recruit Rodney Purvis. Fuller was the main man recruiting the highly touted point guard and losing him would be a huge blow to the Cards.
The departures of Masiello and Fuller from the bench were not the end of changes for Pitino’s staff. Assistant coach Mark Lieberman will also be leaving the bench. Moving from coach to Cardinals’ Director of Basketball Operations position.
Masiello’s exit opened a spot for the return of Rick Pitino’s son Richard Pitino as LSB reported here on Sunday. Two days later local outlets “broke” the story to confirm it and it seems it is all but a done deal now. Richard Pitino resigned Tuesday after just two seasons at Florida.
“I’m going to hire three recruiters.” Pitino said. “Three guys who are very good at everything, but the one obvious thing that sticks out is they have to have a great ability to recruit.”
Other possible coaches that could be joining Pitino’s staff are his former assistant Jim O’Brian and former Kentucky star Rex Chapman. Pitino said according to a Louisville press release that he would announce his complete staff in the upcoming weeks.