Months of speculation about Richard Pitino's job status should be resolved soon following the Gophers' season-ending 79-75 loss to Ohio State on Thursday. Michael Rand and Chip Scoggins dive into that discussion on Friday's podcast.

If the Gophers move on from Pitino as head coach, as Scoggins expects them to, who are the front-runners to replace him? And a bigger-picture question: What needs to change within the program for any coach to find sustained success here?

Also, Rand discusses a stunning 30-point win for the Wolves coming out of the All-Star break and shakes his head at familiar problems plaguing Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton.

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