Richard Pitino reported close to deal to coach Minnesota

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Richard Pitino reportedly close to deal to coach Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The University of Minnesota is "close to finalizing a deal" with Florida International basketball coach Richard Pitino to replace Tubby Smith, ESPN's Andy Katz reported Wednesday on Twitter. Richard Pitino, 30, is the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. He led FIU to an 18-14 record (11-9 in the Sun Belt Conference) this season, his first as a head coach. It was the school's first winning season in 13 years. The Panthers reached the Sun Belt ...

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