Despite several reports that have listed Loyola basketball coach Jimmy Patsos as a candidate to fill the opening at Siena, Patsos said Thursday he has not spoken to anyone at the school in Albany, N.Y.
“I’m the coach at Loyola,” Patsos said. “I haven’t been contacted by anybody.”
Siena, a former rival to Loyola in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, recently fired coach Mitch Buonaguro after an 8-24 season. Patsos, meanwhile, led Loyola to a second straight 20-win season. The Greyhounds will move to the Patriot League, generally seen as a less competitive mid-major, next season.
The MAAC wouldn’t be the only attractive feature at Siena. The Saints also play in an arena that holds four times as many spectators as Loyola’s Reitz Arena.
Patsos said he’s happy at Loyola and wouldn’t have signed a five-year extension after last season if he wasn’t. But he added that he didn’t want to lie by pretending he’d never entertain another option.
“It’s a business,” he said. “Who knows what happens at the end of the season. But I plan to be the coach at Loyola, and I’m on the road recruiting and doing things for Loyola.”
Patsos will continue his ninth season as Loyola’s coach Tuesday, when the Greyhounds host an opening-round game in the CollegeInsider.com tournament. They made the NCAA tournament last season.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times