Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 2/19/19

  • February 18, 2019

The Rick Pitino to UNLV rumor mill is now at warp speed. But whether or not it’s going to happen is still very much up in the air.

Here’s what I’m hearing. Bear in mind this is virtually all second hand info. My UNLV pipeline is not quite what it used to be, and I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking I’ve got any real insider info here.

What I’m told is that there are some boosters of note who very much want Pitino. Make no mistake, that matters. There’s a strong belief that Tony Sanchez is still the head football coach only because of booster input. So it stands to reason that key boosters will have a voice here.

The flip side is that the AD is not pro-Pitino and that she will be tough to convince. This is where the checkered Pitino past might well be the overriding factor.

My stance remains unchanged. I completely understand the anti-Pitino stance. But I’m also a realist. The Golden Knights are now the main attraction in town. The Raiders will arrive next year. The NBA will likely relocate a franchise to Las Vegas sooner than later.

Like it or not, UNLV basketball is an endangered species. Pitino changes that the day he arrives. With the evolving sports landscape in this city, I think it’s entirely possible he could represent the final opportunity for the program to remain relevant. But I have no say, only an opinion.

Lady Luck isn’t exactly smiling at me right now. One play on Monday and -140 as the Sharks lost in OT to Boston. This one stung. San Jose came back from a 3-0 (should have been 4-0) deficit and completely dominated the final two regulation periods. But up 5-4 late, the Bruins tied it up on a goal that clearly should not have counted and then naturally won the game in overtime. Tough loss for sure but the scoreboard is all that matters.

Here’s the Tuesday free play. This is a half unit play for my subscribers. Would have been a full unit, but the line has already moved significantly and I therefore decided to reduce the amount.


Take: IONA Pk or -1

Revenge from a 66-65 loss for the Gaels and a quick turnaround for Quinnipiac off that crazy 3OT Sunday game. The market jumped on Iona right away, not surprisingly, and the early +2 is long gone. But I would still, side with the Gaels tonight.