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Minnesota hires Richard Pitino as coach?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 3, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
One year of experience? No problem.
Minnesota has hired Richard Pitino to be its next men’s basketball coach after completing one season as the head coach at Florida International, multiple media outlets reported late Wednesday afternoon. Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, led the Panthers to an 18-14 record (11-9 in the Sun Belt) and the school’s first winning season in 13 years.
Pitino, 30, had previously been an assistant at Louisville, Florida, Duquesne and Northeastern. He replaces Tubby Smith, who was fired after six seasons with the Gophers. Smith was hired at Texas Tech on Monday.
Pitino’s youth and inexperience at the head coaching level are not terribly surprising for this hire. In the past, Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague has hired young coaches he thinks are on the rise, including Shaka Smart at Virginia Commonwealth – which worked out pretty well, considering that Final Four run in 2011.… [For more on Report: Minnesota hires Richard Pitino as coach, click here.]
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