INDIANAPOLIS — The coronavirus was already in town by the time Rick Pitino arrived.
It never fully let go of its grip around Iona.
Forced to pause four times this season because of the virus, once for nearly two months, the Gaels still won their conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament.
The Hall of Fame coach became just the third coach to lead five teams in the NCAA Tournament.
He was already the only coach to take three teams to the Final Four.
Pitino says he will retire at Iona.