Minnesotais in advanced discussions with Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coachRick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith.
Twopeople with knowledge of the discussions say Pitino engaged in negotiationswith Minnesota officials on Wednesday. The people requested anonymity becausethe deal has not been formally completed.
Inhis lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14record, the school's first winning season in 13 years. He will turn 31 inSeptember, fitting the profile of the young, up-and-comer that Minnesotaathletic director Norwood Teague has preferred to hire in the past.
If adeal is completed, Pitino will replace Smith, who was fired last week after sixseasons at Minnesota. Smith was hired at Texas Tech on Monday.