According to CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, Norwood Teague and the Gophers will hire 30-year-old Richard Pitino as the next head coach of the Gopher men’s basketball team.
Richard Pitino has reached a verbal agreement to become the next coach at Minnesota, sources told CBSSports — cbssports.com/collegebasketb…
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 3, 2013
Pitino completed his first season as head coach of Florida International University leading them to a 18-14 record in the Sun Belt – East conference.
Pitino is the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. The senior Pitino will coach his Cardinals team in the Final Four this weekend.
Richard Pitino has the pedigree but also has more than eight years of experience as an assistant coach, including years under his father at Louisville from 2007-09 and again from 2011-12.
What makes him even more appealing is his two years of experience as an assistant for Billy Donovan in Florida.
Pitino started his career at College of Charleston before coaching at Northwestern, Duquesne, Florida and Louisville before his first head coaching gig at FIU.
While Pitino is not a Villa 7 alum, apparently it was enough for Teague to hire the young gun who is known for his uptempo coaching style.
Recruiting and experience will be the biggest questions, but initial reactions from fans sounds like most are happy with the hire.