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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

Watch Pitino press conference on BTN/BTN2Go

Minnesota will introduce Richard Pitino as their school’s 17th men’s basketball coach on Friday morning  and you can watch the entire press conference on BTN/BTN2Go beginning at 10 a.m. ET. BTN’s Mike Hall and Shon Morris host our coverage. Earlier,’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

Twitter: Reaction to Minnesota hiring Pitino

Minnesota hired Florida International coach Richard Pitino as its new men’s basketball coach Wednesday. Pitino, 30, is the son of legendary coach Rick Pitino, who guided Louisville to this year’s Final Four, his seventh career such trip. See the Twitter reaction to the hiring of the younger Pitino in this post. [ RELATED: Dienhart: ‘Pitino’ name enough for Minnesota ] Congrats Coach Pitino on becoming the new Coach. Look forward to watching you do great things at the U. #GopherBasketball #skiumah — Trevor Mbakwe (@TMbakwe32) April 3, 2013 Welcome Richard Pitino to the Big Ten. He is very bright, hard

Dienhart: 'Pitino' name enough for Gophers

The hiring of Richard Pitino as Minnesota coach is a gamble. But, it’s one worth taking. What does Minnesota have to lose by taking a chance on a 30-year-old coach with a famous last name who has one measly year of head coaching experience? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The Golden Gophers have been stuck in a malaise for years, as scandal and NCAA sanctions often have enveloped the program. Bill Musselman’s tenure (1971-75) was marred by infractions and an ugly brawl with Ohio State in 1972. [ RELATED: Twitter reaction to Richard Pitino’s hiring ] The Clem Haskins era (1986-1999) was

Video: Northwestern introduces Collins as new coach

Northwestern introduced longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its 24th men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Collins, who grew up in Northbrook, Ill., and starred at Glenbrook North High School, inherits a program that went 13-19, including 4-14 in the Big Ten, in Bill Carmody’s final season.  Watch our one-on-one interview with Collins now and find other video in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our Q&A with ex-Northwestern star John Shurna ] Watch Collins’ official introduction: And our 1-on-1 with Northwestern AD Jim Phillips: Here’s are some tweets about Collins: Chris Collins already seems like he'll fit in perfectly working for

Collins hire an anomaly among Big Ten coaching moves

Northwestern hiring of Duke assistant Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach has created a buzz in college hoops circles. Many love his pedigree, youth and energy. Collins sizzles with potential. Do you smell it? Could the thirtysomething wunderkind lead the Wildcats out of the wilderness of basketball hopelessness and to their first NCAA tourney ever? Collins will be hailed a hoop savant if he does so. But the hire is ripe with risk. The chief one: Collins’ lack of head coaching experience. But, hey, what does Northwestern have to lose? Nothing, really, so I say, “Why not take

Dienhart: Collins hiring 'makes so much sense'

Moments after Bill Carmody was fired as Northwestern coach on March 16, speculation began to swirl about Duke associate head coach Chris Collins being a top target. That speculation became reality today when Collins was named Wildcats coach. It makes so much sense, doesn’t it? Collins is a native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, earning Illinois Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-America honors at Glenbrook North before matriculating to Duke. And, Collins is practically basketball royalty, as the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, who also coached the Bulls and starred at Illinois State and in the NBA. But

Minnesota fires Tubby Smith after 6 seasons

Minnesota fired Tubby Smith on Monday, cutting ties with the veteran coach one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a “fresh set of eyes” on the program. The school will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET. Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, helping to bring the program back to respectability and ramping up expectations for a team hit hard by an academic cheating scandal. Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just 46-62 in

Dienhart: Bill Carmody firing 'correct decision'

Bill Carmody hasn’t gotten Northwestern to the NCAA tournament in 13 seasons on the job. And, he won’t get a 14th try. Today, the school announced Carmody won’t be back. I’m sure it was a difficult decision. But, it was the correct decision. Carmody had more than enough time to figure it out in Evanston. So, when NU announced that Carmody was out, it was no shocker. [ VIDEO: See the live press conference from Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. ET. ] I know all about the tough hand Carmody was dealt this season, with key injuries to Drew Crawford and Jared

Michigan State adds Jim Bollman to coaching staff

What had been speculated for days became official with Michigan State announcing the hiring of former Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. The move announced today was part of a wide-sweeping staff alteration by Mark Dantonio, who has a deep background and common offensive mind-set as Bollman. [ Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio completes coaching staff ] The other key move was the promotion of quarterbacks coach Dave Warner as co-offensive coordinator. Warner will call plays and also now will coach running backs; former running backs coach Brad Salem will take