Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 9/23/13
Within the last 18 months, former Louisville assistant coach Richard Pitino has made quite a climb in the coaching ranks. After helping lead the Cards to a surprise Final Four appearance as an assistant coach in 2012, Richard was hired to become the head coach at Florida International. In his first and only season at FIU, Richard was able to compile an 18-14 record (11-9 in the Sun Belt conference). This was the best conference record in FIU’s history. The Panthers made it all the way to the Sun Belt Tournament Title game as a four seed. The quick and unexpected success at a program like Florida International led to a bigger and better opportunity for the younger Pitino. On April, 3, 2013, he was hired as the next head coach at the University of Minnesota, replacing Tubby Smith. Richard took a beating from his old man during his only season with FIU, as the Panthers were manhandled 79-55 in their November meeting with the eventual national champions. During his hall-of-fame inductio...
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