Richard Pitino did everything Florida International wanted for the last year.
That is, except stick around a while longer.
The Panthers' search for their next basketball coach is already under way, with Pitino now at Minnesota after going 18-14 - far better than most anyone expected - in his one season at FIU. Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, accepted the job offer from the Gophers on Wednesday, and on Thursday, FIU was already in the process of finding his replacement.
''Richard delivered on everything he promised he would,'' FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said Thursday. ''He delivered quicker than I think even he himself thought he would. The job he did here was amazing. It has proven to myself, to President (Mark) Rosenberg, to the trustees and the administration, that FIU could be relevant in basketball. And he got us on the map.''
Garcia could not have been more effusive in his praise for Pitino on Thursday, not in any way sounding upse...