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Gophers' Pitino choice is a Big Ten reach

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08:20 AM ET 04.04 | Norwood Teague has his man, in the form of Rich Pitino. [Pitino] falls into the category of "up and comer" even though his track record is exceedingly short. Despite just one season at the helm of FIU, he is taking over a Big Ten program. ... The big names said no. The local favorite said no. And now this is a real reach. That's fine in a lot of places, but this is the Big Ten. This is a conference that has chewed up and spit out an awful lot of guys with more credentials than Rich Pitino. I don't think the other coaches are going to be overly impressed by the last name. Rich will be nine years older than his seniors. Maybe he's a natural leader. We're about to find out. I truly wish him all the best. He's going to need it.

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April 4, 2013  09:52 AM ET

The mods must love me.....one more blonde-background pic b/f Tubby fades off into the sunset

April 4, 2013  10:04 AM ET

the B1G must have a penchant for hiring coaches' sons...NW just hired Doug Collins son...

April 4, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the B1G must have a penchant for hiring coaches' sons...NW just hired Doug Collins son...

UTk football fans will tell you that is not necessarily a good thing.

April 4, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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UTk football fans will tell you that is not necessarily a good thing.

but bless their hearts for trying...

April 4, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The mods must love me.....one more blonde-background pic b/f Tubby fades off into the sunset

no worries, there's prob a greater chance a nice blonde will show up in a TT photo

 
April 4, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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no worries, there's prob a greater chance a nice blonde will show up in a TT photo

True. . . . .but Coach Smith is going to have to conjure up some old Kentucky mojo to get TT straight. That same photo taken with a wide angle lens at TT will show you lots of red. Not red heads. Red, empty seats!

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