GIF: Richard Pitino spikes chair in Minnesota huddle



Richard Pitino didn’t seem to want to any part of his chair during a timeout in Tuesday night’s NIT quarterfinal game vs. Southern Miss. With his players gathered around him, the five on the floor sitting in their respective stools, the first-year Minnesota coach picked up his seat and spiked it to the Williams Arena court. Watch Pitino in this post.

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It was a quick outburst, and Pitino clearly got his point across.

The top-seeded Gophers held off Southern Miss, behind Austin Hollins’ career-high 32 points, to advance to the NIT semis for the second time in three seasons. In 2012, Minnesota lost to Stanford in the NIT title game.

Pitino and the Gophers will play the winner of the Florida State-Louisiana Tech quarterfinal on April 1 at Madison Square Garden.

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John on 3/26/2014 @ 1:14am EDT Said:

What would have happened if the chair would have broken and a piece of it would have poked one of his players’ eye out? I don’t think Daddy would have approved of his actions. Just sayin’.

Chaz on 3/26/2014 @ 8:52am EDT Said:

He better watch out. He wouldn’t even have that job if it wasn’t for daddy.

Gary H Mayer on 3/26/2014 @ 2:44pm EDT Said:

I thought Richard’s daddy was Rick Pitino and not Bobby Knight. At least he didn’t talk to a chair, ala Clint Eastwood.

Ben Schmitt on 3/26/2014 @ 7:57pm EDT Said:

Weak sauce — McCaffery patented that move several years ago