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Minnesota hires FIU's Richard Pitino

Updated: April 3, 2013, 7:38 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino was regarded as one of the nation's up-and-coming young coaches at Florida International and comes with a last name that draws immediate respect in all corners of college basketball.

That combination was too good for Minnesota to pass up.

Pitino has agreed to take over for the fired Tubby Smith, the university announced on Wednesday evening. Athletic director Norwood Teague said the final terms of the contract would be worked out as the week goes on and ...

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