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Minnesota hires Richard Pitino

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have hired Richard Pitino as its next coach, according to

multiple reports.

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.

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