We’re sure that Louisville’s Rick Pitino would still like to be coaching at this year’s Final Four. But watching his son Richard, coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, navigate his way to the NIT championship game is surely a nice consolation prize. After Minnesota’s overtime victory over Florida State this past Tuesday night, the elder Pitino joined his son in the locker room for the post-game celebration. In what had to be a very cool moment for both, Richard delivered a passionate speech to his team with Rick looking on.
Minnesota will play SMU for the NIT title Thursday night at 7:00 PM EST. Expect Rick to be there again in full support.