Video: Watch Pitino's press conference

As the new men’s basketball coach at Minnesota, Richard Pitino spoke with the media on Friday morning to discuss his style and approach to the game. Watch the entire announcement here and here.

Pitino called Minnesota a place where he and his family hope to be “for the rest of our lives.” That rarely happens in modern college basketball, but possibility, hope and potential were the predictable themes at an event that was open to the public and had the feel of a pep rally.

“We’re going to press on every possession, on every make. We’re going to create offense from our defense. It’s going to be a style that the kids like to play,” Pitino said, adding as he addressed the fans: “So it’s going to be a great brand of basketball. I think you guys are really going to enjoy it.” Read the full AP story here.

BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote that this hire fits the job. We also tracked Twitter reaction to the news on Wednesday.

Pitino comes from Florida International where he was the school’s seventh coach in the history of the program and helped them to an 18-14 record. He becomes the 17th head coach of the Golden Gophers. Before that, he spent three seasons with the Louisville Cardinals where he served as the team’s associate head coach under his father, Rick Pitino, during the 2011-12 campaign.

Here’s Pitino in a one-on-one interview with BTN.

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Here’s Minnesota AD Norwood Teague in a one-on-one interview with BTN.

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matt on 4/5/2013 @ 12:45pm EST Said:

later this morning? you’re running out of time

    BTN.com staff on 4/5/2013 @ 1:05pm EST Said:

    Indeed. And also running as fast as we can. Always appreciate the patience.

matt on 4/5/2013 @ 1:20pm EST Said:

then don’t say “later this morning”. always appreciate the sarcasm.

    BTN.com staff on 4/5/2013 @ 1:32pm EST Said:

    Matt, no sarcasm here. Not sure how you see it that way. We expected it “later this morning” earlier this morning. Pieces of it have been posted. The entire thing will be up shortly. Sorry you missed it live online and on TV. We’ll update the full post when we have all of the pieces. Let us know if you have any other questions.

matt on 4/5/2013 @ 1:39pm EST Said:

“always appreciate the patience” sounded sarcastic, because i’m clearly not being patient. sorry for the confusion and thank you for the explanation.

    BTN.com staff on 4/5/2013 @ 1:57pm EST Said:

    You’re welcome.

Joe on 4/5/2013 @ 3:24pm EST Said:

The U of M has it hosted online here: http://www.gophersports.com/allaccess/?media=384319

aroznowski on 4/5/2013 @ 5:10pm EST Said:

Just by watching the press conference, I can definitely see the Rick Pitino and Billy Donovan in him. I hope for the best for Richard Pitino.