AP: Richard Pitino enters critical fourth season at Minnesota


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Nov 11, 2008
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per the AP:

Richard Pitino enters his fourth season at Minnesota coming off a disastrous 2-16 finish in the Big Ten and with a new boss watching over the program.

Those are two elements that can bring major concern about a coach’s future, but Pitino walks into a crucial season in his tenure brimming with confidence.

“I do believe, when healthy, it’s the most talent we’ve had and it’s the most complete team. You’ve got to stay healthy but I really am excited about these guys,” Pitino said.

There are six new players on the roster from the team that went 8-23 last season, meaning nearly half the team wasn’t around for the difficulties of his third year on the job. Not only did a young and overmatched roster falter on the court, but there were a couple of off-the-court incidents that added to the misery.

“They seem very eager to move on from last year,” Pitino said. “Last year was very, very difficult for everybody. Those returners, they’ve got pride. They want to show people what we’re all about. They’ve been really eager to change the perspective of this basketball program.”


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