The Minnesota Golden Gophers have hired Richard Pitino as its next coach, according to
Pitino replaces Tubby Smith, who was fired last week after a loss to Florida in the round of 32.
The son of legendary college coach Rick Pitino was a former Louisville assistant who also has worked as an assistant at Florida and Providence.
He replaced Isiah Thomas at FIU and led the Golden Panthers to an 18-14 overall record, including 11-9 in the Sun Belt. They upset Middle Tennessee State in the conference tournament semifinals, but lost the automatic NCAA berth to Western Kentucky.