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Gophers select coach

Thu., April 4, 2013

Minnesota has picked Richard Pitino to take over for recently fired Tubby Smith. The university announced Wednesday it reached an agreement to bring Pitino – the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino – to the Golden Gophers after one season at Florida International. Athletic director Norwood Teague says terms of the contract will be finished later in the week. In his lone season at FIU, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school’s first winning season in 13 years. He turns 31 in September, fitting the profile of the young, upstart that Teague has preferred to hire. Smith was fired last week after six seasons at Minnesota. He was hired at Texas Tech on Monday. – AP


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