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Minnesota hires Richard Pitino

Richard Pitino was hired as the new men's basketball coach at Minnesota. (Photo provided by the AP) Richard Pitino was hired as the new men's basketball coach at Minnesota. (Photo provided by the AP)

Minnesota hired Richard Pitino on Wednesday as its new men's basketball coach, the school announced.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, spent one season at Florida International, and led the Panthers to an 18-14 record and an 11-9 record in the Sun Belt Conference. It was the school's first winning season in 13 seasons.

Pitino, 30, replaces Tubby Smith, who was fired last week after six seasons at the school. Smith was hired at Texas Tech on Monday. Pitino worked for his father at Louisville and also spent time Billy Donovan's staff at Florida.
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