Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 4/15/12
Jon Rothstein, a college basketball insider for CBS Sports has confirmed that Richard Pitino will be the next coach at Florida International. Richard will replace NBA hall-of-famer Isaiah Thomas who was fired by FIU last week, after just two seasons as the Panthers head coach. Rick Pitino announced last summer when hiring three new assistant coaches that due to the constant carousel on his bench, he would require all of his assistant coaches to sign a contract, agreeing to stay at least two seasons. They would be required to pay back some of their salary if they left for another job. As much as I’d love to keep Richard with the Louisville program, I think this is a great opportunity for him. There is no doubt in my mind that he will do well. His bench coaching and scouting will be greatly missed.
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