Taking his father’s new gig in stride, Richard had some fun with the news on Twitter shortly after it broke.
Quote-tweeting ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s report on the move, Richard wrote, “Cleary ducking a return game with the Lobos.” He added a wolf and storm emoji to represent the two teams for good measure.
Both Pitinos’s teams found substantial success in 2023. New Mexico won 22 games— its most since 2014—and reached the NIT. Iona won 27 games, the MAAC regular season title and the conference tournament before falling to Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.