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Minnesota hires Florida International University coach Richard Pitino as Tubby's replacement

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Florida International University head basketball coach Richard Pitino was hired by the University of Minnesota on Wednesday to replace coach Tubby Smith, the Miami Herald reports.

Pitino served as head coach at FIU for one year, leading the team to its first winning season in 13 years. Prior to leading FIU, Pitino has served as an assistant coach at Florida, Duquesne, Northwestern, and Lousiville, where his father Rick is head coach.

This isn't the first time University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague has hired a young coach who he believes is "on the rise," USA Today reports. He hired Shaka Smart as coach when he was the athletic director at Virginia Commonwealth, and Smart went on to lead the team to the Final Four in 2011.

Pitino's hiring comes after Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith was fired in the wake of Minnesota's loss to Florida in the second round of NCAA tournament games. Smith has since been hired at Texas Tech.

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