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Bringing fun, fast style, Pitino starts at MN

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Richard Pitino is promising a fast-paced style at Minnesota that the Gophers will love to play and the fans will enjoy watching.

The 30-year-old Pitino was introduced Friday as the successor to Tubby Smith, who was fired 11 days ago after six seasons as Minnesota's coach. Pitino agreed to a six-year contract worth at least $1.2 million annually. He coached this season at Florida International, his only year of experience in full charge of a program.

He's the son of Rick Pitino, who has taken Louisville to the Final Four this weekend as his latest of many accomplishments.

At a news conference at Williams Arena, Pitino called Minnesota a place where he and his family hope to be "for the rest of our lives."

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