MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino says his son Richard is ``more than ready'' to take over as head coach at Minnesota.
Pitino spoke to reporters in Atlanta on Thursday as his Cardinals prepare to face Wichita State in the Final Four this weekend. Richard Pitino agreed to a deal to coach the Golden Gophers on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Richard Pitino has just one year of head coaching experience. He led Florida International to 18 victories last season. But his father says he pushed Richard to prepare him for this moment. Richard Pitino served as an assistant under his father at Louisville and also at Florida under Billy Donovan.
Donovan says both he and Rick Pitino have been preparing Richard for this chance for years.

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