By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN – It’s been a rocky nine days for Norwood Teague and the Minnesota Golden Gophers as they have tirelessly searched for a new coach to replace Tubby Smith. Wednesday, the university made the official announcement that the coaching search has come to an end.
The Gophers have reached an agreement with former Florida International Head Coach Richard Pitino to become the next head coach of the Gophers basketball team.
According to KFAN’s Dan Barreiro, Norwood Teague and Mike Ellis cancelled their plans to meet with one final candidate to lock down Richard Pitino.
Pitino, 30, posted a 18-14 record last season with the Florida International Panthers (their first winning season since 2000). Prior to that, Pitino served as associate head coach at Louisville with his father Rick (2011-2012), was an assistant at Florida (2009-2011), and pulled short stints in Louisville, Duquesne and Northeastern as an assistant coach.
Despite his famous basketball coach father, Richard claims to be more of a disciple of Florida coach Billy Donovan than of his father when it comes to coaching style. Either way, Richard Pitino comes to Minnesota from a coaching bloodline, both at home and on the hardwood.
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