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(Associated Press) In this Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Florida International coach Richard Pitino applauds his team’s effort during the second half of a game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

Gophers hire Rick Pitino's son to replace Tubby Smith

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

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