MINNEAPOLIS – Richard Pitino is promising a fast-paced style at Minnesota that the Gophers will love to play and the fans will enjoy watching.
The 30-year-old Pitino was introduced Friday as the successor to Tubby Smith, who was fired 11 days ago after six seasons as Minnesota's coach. Pitino agreed to a six-year contract worth at least $1.2 million annually. He coached this season at Florida International, his only year of experience in full charge of a program.
He's the son of Rick Pitino, who has taken Louisville to the Final Four this weekend as his latest of many accomplishments.
At a news conference at Williams Arena, Pitino called Minnesota a place where he and his family hope to be "for the rest of our lives."