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Report: Minnesota To Fire Richard Pitino

The Minnesota basketball program has changed its head coach.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Minnesota David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Adam Zagoria on Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are set to relieve head coach Richard Pitino of his coaching duties this week. Pitino just completed his eighth year with the program last week.

During his eight years in Minneapolis, Pitino compiled a 141-123 (.534) overall record and a 54-96 (.360) mark in Big Ten play. He led the Gophers to two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship in 2014. His best season was certainly 2018-’19, when the team finished 22-14 overall and made the Round of 32.

Unfortunately, Minnesota just never had the consistency fans were hoping for under Pitino’s leadership. And at this point, it felt like things had run its course. There’s little telling who could be in line to replace Pitino this early, but expect some quality names in the weeks ahead. It will be interesting to see who the Gophers can land in the coming weeks.