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Gophers Reportedly Reach Agreement With Richard Pitino

The Gopher men's basketball team has reportedly reached an agreement with 30-year old Richard Petino to become their new head men's basketball coach. CBS was the first to report the agreement. Petino is the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.

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Syracuse Beats Indiana, 61-50 — 2013 NCAA Tournament Scores

Syracuse knocked off top-seeded Indiana to set up an all-Big East final in the East Regional on Saturday.

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Gophers Head Coach Candidate: Jay Wright

Here is a profile on potential Gophers head coach candidate, Jay Wright

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Gophers Head Coach Candidate: Buzz Williams

Here is a profile on potential Gophers head coach candidate, Buzz Williams

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Gopher Head Coach Candidate: Flip Saunders

One intriguing candidate for the Gophers head coaching vacancy is former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. One of the factors working against Saunders is his lack of coaching experience at the college level, but here are the other factors he brings to the table:

Coaching Experience-

  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 1995-2005
  • Detroit Pistons: 2005-2008
  • Washington Wizards 2009-2012
  • Career record: 638–526, 47-51 playoff record
  • 4 first place finishes (2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)
  • Reached the NBA Conference Finals 4 times (2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)

Pros brought to table-

  • Saunders is a Gopher alum and would appeal to fans and other alumni.
  • Saunders can appeal to recruits due to his NBA coaching experience
  • Saunders knows the area, has cur
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Gopher Head Coach Candidate: Shaka Smart

 

One of the names most associated with the Minnesota Gopher basketball head coach vacancy is that of Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart. Gopher athletic director Norwood Teague was the athletic director at VCU before coming to Minnesota, so the ties Teague has to Smart would make him a natural fit in Minnesota. In

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Gophers Need to Be Sure Shaka is the Right Guy

The dust is settling after Tubby Smith was fired as the head basketball coach at the University of Minnesota on Monday. Athletic Director Norwood Teague will conduct the search to find a replacement.

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Tubby Smith Reportedly Out As Gophers Coach

According to CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman, Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith has been fired Monday afternoon.

Smith leaves the Gophers with a record of 124-81 overall and 46-62 in Big Ten play

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Florida Ends Gophers NCAA Tourney Run Sunday Night

The Gophers fell into too big of a hole on Sunday night against Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

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Cal, Bucknell, South Dakota State, Gophers Could Be Double-Digit Winners

The NCAA men's basketball tournament starts 2nd round games Thursday across the country. This is the real beginning of the tournament. I, like many don't count the play-ins games.

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