FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2012 file photo, Richard Pitino talks to the media during a press conference in Miami, where it was announced he had been hired to replace Isiah Thomas as Florida International's head men's basketball coach. Pitino's mentor was his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The younger Pitino got his first head-coaching job at 29 and had a big hill to climb at FIU, taking over a program that hasn't had a winning record since going 16-14 in 1999-2000. Even with a roster he had to piece together, Pitino has been able to make the Golden Panthers (8-8) respectable, keeping them around .500 most of the season. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2012 file photo, Richard Pitino talks to the media during a press conference in Miami, where it was announced he had been hired to replace Isiah Thomas as Florida International's head men's basketball coach. Pitino's mentor was his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The younger Pitino got his first head-coaching job at 29 and had a big hill to climb at FIU, taking over a program that hasn't had a winning record since going 16-14 in 1999-2000. Even with a roster he had to piece together, Pitino has been able to make the Golden Panthers (8-8) respectable, keeping them around .500 most of the season. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File) ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2012 file photo, Richard Pitino talks to the media during a press conference in Miami, where it was announced he had been hired to replace Isiah Thomas as Florida International's head men's basketball coach. Pitino's mentor was his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The younger Pitino got his first head-coaching job at 29 and had a big hill to climb at FIU, taking over a program that hasn't had a winning record since going 16-14 in 1999-2000. Even with a roster he had to piece together, Pitino has been able to make the Golden Panthers (8-8) respectable, keeping them around .500 most of the season. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File) ASSOCIATED PRESS

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