Richard Pitino Hired As Head Coach At Florida International, According To Reports

Feb 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino (left) talks to assistant coach Richard Pitino (right) during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the FifthThird Arena. The Bearcats defeated the Cardinals 60-56. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Louisville Associate Head Coach Richard Pitino will be the next head coach at Florida International University, according to reports. He will replace the fired Isiah Thomas.

Louisville Associate Head Coach Richard Pitino will be hired as the next head coach at Florida International University, according to reports. As you can likely tell, Pitino is the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. He rejoined Louisville's staff an assistant to his father for the Cardinals' 2012 Final Four season and was an assistant to Billy Donovan at Florida for two years prior to that. The website AllKyHoops.com first reported the hiring, with the Miami Herald's David J. Neal confirming the news in South Florida.

Pitino has long been considered an up-and-coming coaching candidate, rumored last year as a potential hire for the open job at Boston University. He will replace Isiah Thomas, who was fired just nine days ago by FIU. Pitino is known as a successful and aggressive recruiter and is familiar with the state of Florida after his time under Donovan. He will have plenty of work to do, with the Panthers coming off a season at the bottom of the Sun Belt standings with an 8-21 record.

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