Gophers Hire New Coach 04 Apr 13

Richard Pitino is headed to the University of Minnesota. Pitino has agreed to succeed Tubby Smith as the Gophers men’s basketball coach. Pitino is the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. The 30-year-old Richard Pitino led Florida International to an 18-and-14 record in his first season. He had been an assistant coach for his father at Louisville, as well as with Billy Donovan at Florida. Smith was fired March 25th after six seasons, and has since accepted the Texas Tech head coaching job. Smith at one time followed Rick Pitino as Kentucky’s head coach, now the Rick Pitino’s son follows Smith as Minnesota’s bench boss.