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 replace Tubby Smith, and two days later he was introduced at a Williams Arena press conference.
Later that day, Pitino flew to Atlanta to watch his dad, Rick, lead Louisville to the national championship with Saturday and Monday wins that capped a whirlwind week for the Pitino family. Rick Pitino was also named to the Basketball Hall of Fame just hours before the title game.
Because of all that's gone on in the last two weeks, Pitino who coached one season at Florida International before taking the Minnesota job has barely had time to meet with his new players. Since his arrival, the Gophers have held just...