Gophers fire Pitino

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota has fired men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino. The Gophers went 14-15 this season after losing lost 11 of their last 14 games. The university will owe Pitino a $1.7 million buyout of his contract that had three years remaining. He was hired to replace Tubby Smith at age 30, with one prior year of experience as a head coach at Florida International. One NIT championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances followed.