Plans to introduce Rick Pitino as the new Nevada Las Vegas men's basketball coach this week were scrapped after Pitino surprisingly pulled his name from consideration late Sunday night.
A former booster who was close to the "unofficial" negotiations said UNLV President Carol Harter and Athletic Director Charles Cavagnaro bungled the deal.
"We had the wrong people negotiating for us and representing us in this situation," said the booster, who wished to remain anonymous. "(Pitino) was happy with the offer, but we just had the wrong people dealing with the Pitinos. We needed people that could represent the (Las Vegas) community in a very positive way."
Pitino's name had surfaced well before Bayno was fired in December and Pitino quit the Boston Celtics in January.
"(Harter and Cavagnaro) said to leave it to them," the booster said. "We left it to them and this is what we got -- nothing."
On the table was a reported five-year deal worth $1.6 million annually.
"I got the sense that (Pitino) was just not that impressed with those people," said another former booster who has dealt with Pitino several times in the past.
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