Found April 18, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
After the University of Minnesota did what was necessary and fired men’s head basketball coach Tubby Smith after seven underwhelming and nondescript seasons, Golden Gophers fans had pie-in-the-sky dreams of getting one of the hot, young head coaching prospects from the college coaching ranks, beginning and ending with Shaka Smart, due to athletic director Norwood Teague’s prior relationship with the Virginia Commonwealth head coach when he served in the same capacity at VCU. Smart signed an extension with VCU and several other candidates, including University of Minnesota alum and former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders, came and went before the Gophers settled on Richard Pitino, who was coaching at Florida International University after stints on the coaching staffs of Florida’s Billy Donovan and his old man, Rick Pitino, at Louisville. It was universally greeted as a good hire, albeit a potentially risky one, but there appears to be at least one canine who fully bac...

Pitino keeping expectations in check

MINNEAPOLIS Richard Pitino is still getting settled into his office on the University of Minnesota campus. The new Gophers basketball coach has plenty of items that haven't been taken out of boxes yet, and his desk looks a bit sparse. Who could blame the 30-year-old Pitino for not having time to fully adjust to his new surroundings? Minnesota announced April 3 that Pitino would...

Andrew Wiggins’ High School Coach Seems Interested In Joining The Louisville Staff

With first year assistant coach Kareem Richard heading to UMKC next season, Rick Pitino will soon be looking for a new assistant coach. Surprisingly there haven’t been many names thrown out there just yet. However, one possible candidate recently came out and let it be known that if offered, he’d take the job. Rob Fulford, the head coach at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.V...
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