AP Sources: Gophers in talks with Richard Pitino
By: By Jon Krawczynski and Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball Writers, Superior Telegram
Minnesota is in advanced discussions with Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith.
Two people with knowledge of the discussions say Pitino engaged in negotiations with Minnesota officials on Wednesday. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been formally completed.
In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school's first winning season in 13 years. He will turn 31 in September, fitting the profile of the young, up-and-comer that Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague has preferred to hire in the past.
If a deal is completed, Pitino will replace Smith, who was fired last week after six seasons at Minnesota. Smith was hired at Texas Tech on Monday.