This is Amelia Rayno's third 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

Report: Richard Pitino has verbal agreement to be new Gophers coach

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: April 3, 2013 - 2:35 PM

CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman, who broke the news that Tubby Smith was fired and is tight with Gophers' officials, is reporting that Minnesota has a verbal agreement in place with Richard Pitino to be the new head basketball coach. Pitino, the son of legendary head coach Rick Pitino, is 30 years old. He was the head coach at Florida International last year, his first year as a head coach. He had five years combined as an assistant at Louisville and Florida.

 

 

Previously, ESPN's Andy Katz reported it was close to being finalized. 

Initially, my impression was that it would be too soon for the son of legendary Rick Pitino to make a move to a major conference school. After all, Richard has only a single season of head coaching experience. No, before you ask, Pitino is not a Villa 7 guy. But the more I look into it/ think about it, the more sense he makes.

  • Pitino might not be a Villa 7 grad, but in a way he’s of Villa 7 ilk. Pitino coached as an assistant under his pops, Rick, and under Florida coach, Billy Donovan for a total of five years. The last two hires at VCU when Norwood Teague and Mike Ellis were there were Florida assistants (Anthony Grant, then Shaka Smart), so those two obviously think something of Donovan’s staff. Pitino was the top assistant for his dad at Louisville two seasons ago before taking Florida International to its first winning season since 1999-2000 last year. The Golden Panthers made it to the Sun Belt title game, where they lost by two to Western Kentucky.
  • Like his dad, Richard Pitino has the reputation of being a tireless worker and a stellar recruiter, the kind of coach and personality that will be needed at Minnesota, especially considering what the team lost in Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams.
  • Considering some of the names that are out there, Pitino’s might be one of the “smaller” hires that could actually generate some excitement in the Twin Cities, simply based on his last name. He’s an up-and-comer with a background and a family tree.

ADVERTISEMENT

Team Irvin 7:15 PM
Team Carter
Miami 79 4th Qtr 9:02
Chicago 72
Oklahoma City 2:30 PM
Cleveland
Dallas 5:00 PM
New Orleans
Indiana 5:00 PM
Orlando
LA Clippers 5:00 PM
Phoenix
Minnesota 5:00 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 6:00 PM
Toronto
Milwaukee 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Boston 7:00 PM
Golden State
Washington 7:00 PM
Denver
Houston 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Team Toews 4:00 PM
Team Foligno
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 57 2nd Half 3:58
Georgia Tech 52
Virginia 43 2nd Half 3:46
Virginia Tech 45
Indiana 35 2nd Half 17:23
Ohio State 46
Stony Brook 29 1st Half 1:39
Binghamton 24
Cincinnati 23 1st Half 3:33
UCF 19
Maine 29 1st Half 0:22
Hartford 26
Monmouth 33 2nd Half
Manhattan 40
Fairfield 26 2nd Half
Marist 25
Rowan 20 2nd Half
Princeton 46
St Bonaventure 20 1st Half 0:49
Rhode Island 19
Duke 32 1st Half 3:40
St Johns 32
Saint Peters 32 2nd Half
Siena 25
Drake 17 1st Half 1:06
Wichita State 35
Vermont 31 2nd Half
UMass Lowell 25
Seton Hall 2:00 PM
Butler
NJIT 2:05 PM
South Alabama
Northern Iowa 3:00 PM
Illinois State
Louisville 3:00 PM
Pittsburgh
UMBC 3:30 PM
Albany
Niagara 3:30 PM
Iona
Notre Dame 5:30 PM
NC State
Belmont 5:30 PM
Tennessee St
Creighton 6:00 PM
Villanova
Northwestern 6:30 PM
Maryland
Washington 7:30 PM
Utah
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
UMBC 42
Vanderbilt 53 2nd Half 2:42
Alabama 46
Lafayette 41 2nd Half 7:35
Lehigh 51
UCF 25 1st Half 3:00
SMU 22
Utah 21 2nd Half
Washington 31
James Madison 35 2nd Half
Coll of Charleston 28
Delaware 21 2nd Half
Drexel 32
Hofstra 31 1st Half 0:50
William & Mary 36
Hartford 26 1st Half 3:46
Albany 28
Binghamton 26 2nd Half
Stony Brook 29
Towson 33 1st Half 2:09
UNC-Wilmington 30
Wake Forest 35 1st Half 1:46
(17) Florida State 48
Georgia Tech 30 2nd Half
Virginia 32
(22) Georgia 22 1st Half 2:41
(5) Tennessee 26
Drake 38 2nd Half
Evansville 23
Iona 44 2nd Half
Canisius 32
Fairfield 10 1st Half 3:50
Monmouth 22
Northwestern 36 1st Half 1:36
Penn State 39
Wisconsin 34 2nd Half
Michigan State 33
Ohio State 25 2nd Half
Purdue 22
Northern Iowa 29 1st Half 1:22
Indiana State 22
Butler 19 1st Half 13:55
Xavier 8
Creighton 2:00 PM
Marquette
Northeastern 2:00 PM
Elon
(2) Connecticut 2:00 PM
Cincinnati
Oregon 2:00 PM
Arizona
NC State 2:00 PM
(23) Syracuse
(7) Maryland 2:00 PM
Indiana
Illinois State 2:05 PM
Missouri State
Colorado 3:00 PM
Washington St
Tulane 3:00 PM
South Florida
(14) Kentucky 3:00 PM
Missouri
Providence 3:00 PM
DePaul
(9) Oregon State 3:00 PM
(13) Arizona State
Bradley 3:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Vermont 3:30 PM
UMass Lowell
Iowa State 3:30 PM
(8) Texas
Southern Ill 3:45 PM
Wichita State
(15) Duke 4:00 PM
(12) North Carolina
Miami-Florida 4:00 PM
(4) Louisville
(21) Minnesota 4:15 PM
(25) Rutgers
California 5:00 PM
UCLA
(11) Stanford 7:00 PM
USC
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you favor the plan for expanded athletic facilities at the U of M?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT