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Pitino promises fun, fast game at Minnesota

Updated: April 5, 2013, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino might not have been the first choice by Minnesota to replace Tubby Smith, and questions about favoritism could follow him the rest of his career.

But neither the Gophers nor Pitino are about to apologize for who he is, or temper their confidence about what he can do at a program looking for a lift despite his limited prior experience.

"People ask me all the time, `Was it tough being Rick Pitino's son?' And it's not. I'm extremely proud to be his son. ...

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