Rick Pitino, Iona's 70-year-old Hall of Fame coach, sat at the dais in a place he was tremendously familiar with — the NCAA tournament — and said something that might surprise some people.

He would like to coach for another 10 years.

"Well, I'm physically fit and mentally I think I still have it," Pitino said Thursday. "But my wife always says, 'If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.' I think you just take it one year at a time. Now, my desire would be to coach that long.

"Really, the two years I was out of coaching was really the most miserable two years of my life because I missed it so much because I love teaching, I love coaching, I love motivating — everything about it, I missed it terribly."

Missing it is why Pitino coached in Greece at Panathinaikos before returning to college basketball — and to Iona. Pitino said he would love to coach as many as 12 more years, "but I'll take six to seven."

Where those years will be spent, however, is the question.