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By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/28/13
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Richard Pitino left Florida International to take the job at Minnesota, he planned to bring a couple of his players with him to help jumpstart the process of reshaping the Golden Gophers into the type of up-tempo, pressing team that he prefers. The list of players transferring to Minnesota with him just got a little bit shorter. The NCAA denied forward Rakeem Buckles' waiver request to play right away following his transfer from FIU, Minnesota associate athletic director Chris Werle said Wednesday. The school is appealing the decision on Buckles' behalf, but it looks like the already thin Gophers frontcourt is in serious danger of losing a big man it sorely needed. The 6-foot-7 Buckles spent three seasons playing for Pitino's father, Rick, at Louisville. Richard Pitino was an assistant on the staff while Buckles was there. Buckles tore the ACL in each knee while he was with the Cardinals, then transferred to FIU when Richard Pitino was hired there. Buckl...
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