Friday April 3rd, 2015

Minnesota coach Richard Pitino released a statement on Friday regarding reports linking him to coaching positions at other schools.

Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, has guided the Gophers to a 43-28 record over two seasons.

Prior to taking over Minnesota, Pitino, 32, coached Florida International for one season.

"With regard to the reports tying me to other collegiate men's coaching positions, let me simply say that I am very happy at the University of Minnesota," the statement reads. "I am grateful to be coaching and living in such a great community that cares so much about this incredible university as well as its basketball program.

"I am also extremely fortunate to be working for one of the best athletic directors in the country in Norwood Teague. This state deserves a great basketball program and we are working extremely hard to bring them one."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported this week that Alabama has expressed interest in Pitino.

The Crimson Tide fired Anthony Grant last month and reportedly pursued Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.

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