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Minnesota has picked Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith.
A person with knowledge of the discussions says Pitino reached a verbal agreement with Minnesota on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school's first winning season in 13 years. He will turn 31 in September, fitting the profile of the young, up-and-comer that Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague has preferred to hire in the past.
Smith was fired last week after six seasons at Minnesota. He was hired at Texas Tech on Monday.
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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...
MINNEAPOLIS The University of Minnesota pulled out all the stops to welcome the school's new men's basketball coach. The pep band, cheerleaders, fans and even Goldy Gopher all showed up as Richard Pitino was introduced at Williams Arena.It was a big moment for the Minnesota program, but an even bigger moment for the 30-year-old Pitino."I'm extremely excited about...
Minnesota is in advanced discussions with Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith.
Two people with knowledge of the discussions say Pitino engaged in negotiations with Minnesota officials on Wednesday. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been formally completed.
In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led...
Wichita State hasn't surprised Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
The Shockers (30-8) face the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) in the Final Four on Saturday night in Atlanta, just the fifth time a team seeded ninth or greater has reached the national semifinals since seeding began in 1979.
Pitino, though, said he was talking to his son at the onset of the tournament about teams that...
Louisville coach Rick Pitino says his son Richard is ''more than ready'' to take over as head coach at Minnesota.
Pitino spoke to reporters in Atlanta on Thursday as his Cardinals prepare to face Wichita State in the Final Four this weekend. Richard Pitino agreed to a deal to coach the Golden Gophers on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Richard Pitino has just one year...
30-year old Richard Pitino, son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, is moving on up in the coaching ranks.
According to a report by Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, the younger Pitino is expected to be named head coach at the University of Minnesota, replacing the fired Tubby Smith.
Pitino just finished his...
Monday April, 8, 2013 could be a great day for Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Not only could he be playing for his second national championship, but on Monday he’ll also find out if he’s been voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Fame.
Pitino was on the ballot for the Hall of Fame last year, but was surprisingly snubbed. It’s hard to imagine him getting left...
MINNEAPOLIS As the coaching search dragged on, past the one-week mark, Gophers basketball fans started to get restless. They had hoped it wouldn't take this long to find the replacement for Tubby Smith, who wore out his welcome in Minnesota and eventually was fired last Monday.
During that time, several potential candidates were brought up. That included Virginia Commonwealth...
Rick Pitino has been a part of something special with the Louisville Cardinals in 2013, and his impressive resume will carry him to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pitino, who is one of the winningest active coaches in college basketball, has more exciting news than just winning the Big East conference championship, a Final Four Bid, with a potential national championship in the cards...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The entire basketball program at Wichita State runs on what Louisville coach Rick Pitino makes in a single year, with money left over to purchase plenty of trophy cases for Final Four hardware.
In an NCAA tournament driven by longshots and upsets, the Shockers are in many ways the oddball of the season's final weekend: They don't have a big-time football...
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has said several times this season that he’s not afraid to use any player on his bench. With the injury to Kevin Ware, Pitino will likely have to turn to walk-on Tim Henderson. Cardinal Authority has a quick update on Henderson and his abilities.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino isn't the only Final Four coach who got a break from Syracuse's Jim Boeheim. Michigan coach John Beilein impressed the Hall of Fame coach of the Orange a long time ago and that led to some impressive recommendations.
Tom Penders, retired longtime college basketball coach, talks with Matt this week about the NCAA Tournament. They also discuss the offensive issues plaguing the game, UCLA's new coaching hire and the future for Arizona basketball.
Among his observations:
On the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament: "Louisville is the best team, and Rick Pitino knows how to use that depth...