Minnesota extends Pitino

The University of Minnesota has agreed to a two-year contract extension with head men's basketball coach Richard Pitino. The agreement is subject to Board of Regents approval.

"My family and I have loved living in the Twin Cities the last six years," said Pitino.  "We have met so many wonderful, supportive people.  It's an honor to be able to continue to lead this Gopher basketball program.  I enjoy working with my athletics director, Mark Coyle, every day.  I would like to thank Mark, President Kaler, and the University for continuing to believe in me. I look forward to continuing to move this special program forward."

"I am excited for Coach Pitino to continue to lead our men's basketball program," said Coyle. "Coach Pitino has developed All-Big Ten players, led deep runs into the Big Ten tournament and earned the school's ninth-ever NCAA tournament win this year. I look forward to him advancing the program further in the upcoming years."

Pitino recently completed his sixth season at the helm of Gopher basketball, leading the team to its second NCAA Tournament berth in the last three years. In the first round of the East Regional, Pitino's Gopher squad upset No. 7-seed Louisville, marking just the second NCAA tournament victory since 1990.

Since arriving in Minneapolis, Pitino's players have earned seven All-Big Ten honors including first team selection Jordan Murphy and third team honoree Amir Coffey this year. His record at Minnesota stands at 112-91, including three 20-win seasons during his tenure.

Minnesota athletics

April 7, 2019

Men's Basketball
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  Chris Harris Jr commits to Oklahoma State
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  ODU extends basketball coach Jeff Jones 2 years
  Harlond Beverly commits to Miami
  John Brannen named Cincinnati men's basketball coach
  Cashius McNeilly commits to Texas A&M
  Auburn signs Bruce Pearl to five-year contract
  Austin Crowley commits to Mississippi
  Air Force signs Pilipovich to three-year extension
  Steve Alford named Nevada head coach
  Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler steps down
  Mark Pope named head coach at BYU
  UCLA hires Cincinnati's Mick Cronin as basketball coach
  Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77
  Mike Young named Virginia Tech head coach
  Arkansas names Eric Musselman men's basketball coach
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  Virginia 63, Auburn 62
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