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Published April 05, 2013, 06:02 PM

Pitino is officially introduced as the new head man of Gopher basketball

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The new era of Gopher basketball began this morning at Williams Arena as Richard Pitino was officially introduced as the new head man at Minnesota.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The new era of Gopher basketball began this morning at Williams Arena as Richard Pitino was officially introduced as the new head man at Minnesota.

Pitino signed a six year, 1.2 million dollar a season contract and was cheered by the Gopher faithful.

Pitino steps into a job that has plenty of potential; he also has the best prospects in Minnesota history about to be seniors this upcoming season.

Norwood Teague- Minnesota Athletic Director: “Probably 30 minutes into the interview. The light just went on, I've had that happen before where you know this is the guy. It's just a gut feeling that scream's and that is the way it was with him.”

Richard Pitino- New Gophers Head Coach: “It is my job to go out and get the best staff in the country, guys who are eager to go out and recruit. Recruiting is the life blood of college basketball, so that is the most important thing that we have to start with. We've got to establish our brand out there and it's gonna take some time but I'm very confident that me and our staff can do that.”

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