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Continued: Scoggins: Recruiting is key for Pitino

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 6, 2013 - 12:20 AM

Pitino’s coaching philosophy was shaped by his Hall of Fame dad, Rick, and Florida coach Billy Donovan. The young Pitino wants his team to play fast and utilize full-court pressure to create turnovers and generate offense.

“I think kids like to play this style,” he said. “Almost every kid, for the most part, likes to get up and down the court because it’s fun. They like to play with freedom.”

That style requires the right kind of players and athletes, which might take a few recruiting cycles to achieve. Pitino knows he could go head-to-head against his dad in some of those turf wars.

“It’s game on, the way I look at it,” the son said. “Hopefully, he fights fair.”

He was joking, of course. But then again, recruiting is tough business. This young coach seems eager to jump into the fight.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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