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Highlights from Richard Pitino's SiriusXM stint this morning

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches Updated: April 10, 2013 - 4:52 PM

New Gophers coach Richard Pitino did a short radio stint with Jon Rothstein on SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s “The Tim Brando Show” on Wednesday morning and talked about a number of topics, mostly concerning his new job at Minnesota.

Here is some of what he said:

On what he would have said if he had been told 12 months ago – before even taking a head job at Florida International – about now holding a Big Ten gig: “I probably would have laughed at you. It’s funny. It’s interesting how sports happen. The great thing is you just let it come to you, and you just continue to do your job and work extremely hard and do it the right way, and opportunities will normally present themselves to you. I’m extremely lucky, extremely fortunate. It’s been a great year.”

On how last season prepared him for his job with Minnesota now: “This year definitely helped me out a lot. There’s a lot of things that working for guys like my father and Billy Donovan, they can prepare you for an assistant coach through running a program, through doing individual workouts, through preparing practice and so on. But they can’t prepare you for walking those sidelines. It’s just -- you can’t simulate it. So going through this year certainly helped me, prepared me for that. Coaching in big games like the conference championship game or the Middle Tennessee game, coaching on the road. Those are all important things that was a great experience for me.”

On what the coaching search process was like, and when athletic director Norwood Teague reached out: “I don’t know the exact date of the call. I feel like the last few weeks have been such a whirlwind. I’m not sure of the exact date. When Norwood Teague and I spoke, I had known him through Billy Donovan and Shaka Smart and Anthony Grant and those guys. I knew what kind of AD he was and what kind of person he was – I got extremely excited about that. That’s the most important thing with any job you take. Certainly Minnesota is an attractive place, but the people are what make it attractive. We have one of the best fan bases in all of college basketball. We sell out almost every game and we’ve got a historic building that is about a cool a place as I’ve ever seen, and then we’ve got a city that’s one of the most attractive places to be. We have so many things to sell.”

On hiring a staff at Minnesota: “We’ve got to get that right. The staff is key. Every team that you see that wins, normally they have a great staff. So I’ve got to get the right pieces in place and that’s very much a top priority for me right now.” UPDATE: Minnesota announced that former FIU assistants Kimani Young and Mike Balado will join Pitino’s Gophers staff.

On how different his dad, Rick Pitino, and Florida’s Billy Donovan are, and how those situations differed for Richard as an assistant: “A lot different. They’re really two different people. People think they’re pretty similar, but they run their programs differently – not that one way is right and one way is wrong. That’s probably what I learned from working from those two guys is they run it the way they’re comfortable running it. They’re both great – probably two of the best coaches in this game – and they do it their way. It taught me that when I have my own program, I need to do it the way that I’m comfortable with, and they’ve both been extremely influential for me -- Billy, just as much as my father, he has taught me so much, and I keep in touch with them all the time.”

On working for Donovan, specifically: “It changed me. … When I was at Louisville the first time, I just really tried to recruit as hard as possible and do whatever anyone told me to do, my day or whatever it may be. When I came down to Florida, I thought I became a coach because I started thinking differently and started to kind of create my own mindset of how I would run a program. When I went back to Louisville that last year when we went to the Final Four, I was a much more of a confident coach of how I’d like to do things. I’m extremely grateful for Billy Donovan for giving me that opportunity. He certainly has made me the coach I am today as well as my father.”

On the nerves of being in Atlanta and watching the NCAA title game, which his dad and Louisville eventually won: “It was unbelievable. It’s funny, you don’t really don’t get nervous for your games, just because you’re so focused on the game plan and you feel like you have a little bit of control. But when you’re sitting in the stands, you feel like you’ve lost all control. I was so nervous and I was so happy for him. He’s worked so hard. And those players and the staff, I know what they’ve put into it, so I’m so proud of those guys that they can sit back and say ‘Hey we won a national championship’ and they can reflect on that for the rest of their lives.”


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Cleveland 98
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Brooklyn 89 FINAL
Toronto 105
Memphis 117 FINAL
San Antonio 116
Milwaukee 97 FINAL
Portland 104
Houston 115 FINAL
Denver 111
Indiana 100 FINAL
LA Clippers 102
Ottawa 2 FINAL
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Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
Minnesota 2
Dallas 2 FINAL
Vancouver 0
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North Texas 78
Delaware State 72 FINAL
St Francis-NY 64
James Madison 72 FINAL
Ball State 52
SIU Edwardsville 65 FINAL
Campbell 70
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Duquesne 52
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Florida State 93
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High Point 106
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Houston 56
UT Martin 54 FINAL
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Northwestern 67
Georgia State 54 FINAL
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Northern Colorado 82 FINAL
Nebraska Omaha 92
Winthrop 62 FINAL
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Baylor 66
San Diego St 62 FINAL
Cincinnati 71
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Michigan State 66
Loyola Marymount 58 FINAL
Stanford 67
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Liberty 64 FINAL
NC State 67
Elon 77 FINAL
Campbell 51
Akron 73 FINAL
UCF 64
Richmond 77 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 67
Montana 70 FINAL
Seattle 64
(7) Stanford 46 FINAL
Chattanooga 54
Florida A&M 69 FINAL
Southern U 80
Oklahoma 72 FINAL
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Savannah State 56 FINAL
Auburn 62
Northern Colorado 43 FINAL
South Florida 84
Youngstown St 73 FINAL
Robert Morris 65
Siena 75 FINAL
Sacred Heart 65
Vermont 63 FINAL
St Francis-NY 61
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Hampton 49
Fla Gulf Coast 91 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 46
Texas Southern 92 FINAL
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Northwestern 88 FINAL
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NC Central 52 FINAL
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Quinnipiac 74
Cincinnati 52 FINAL
Northern Ky 66
Alabama State 53 FINAL
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UNC Greensboro 60 FINAL
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Arkansas-Monticello 56 FINAL
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McNeese State 59 FINAL
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Yale 90 FINAL
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Oakland 61 FINAL
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Eastern Kentucky 62 FINAL
Alabama A&M 56
SIU-Edwardsville 47 FINAL
Northern Ill 69
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TX-Arlington 82
Portland 65 FINAL
Eastern Washington 72
North Texas 42 FINAL
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