Steve Goodson joining Pitino's Gophers staff as director of basketball operations
April 18, 2013 — 11:52am
One member of former coach Tubby Smith’s staff will stay at Minnesota.
Multiple U of M sources told the Star Tribune on Thursday that Steve Goodson – the former special assistant to Smith – will remain on the Gophers staff as new coach Richard Pitino’s director of basketball operations.
Minnesota had formerly hired Mike Balado, previously an assistant at Florida International, for that position, but he has resigned, a Gophers source said. Balado has been wooed for an assistant job at Florida International, but there is no indication as of yet whether he will indeed accept that job.
Goodson joins a staff that includes former FIU assistant Kimani Young and former Gophers player and Nebraska assistant Ben Johnson.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.