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Minnesota guard Kalscheur announces transfer to Iowa State

Apr. 10, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur announced Saturday he's transferring to Iowa State for his senior season, the first of several expected departures from the Gophers following their coaching change. Kalscheur said on Twitter he was...

Johnson adds 2 assistants with state ties to Minnesota staff

Apr. 09, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota men's basketball coach Ben Johnson has hired his first two assistants, both with ties to the state — including his former high school coach, Dave Thorson. The university announced Friday that Thorson and Jason Kemp have been added to...

Minnesota off hook for buyout of Pitino, now at New Mexico

Apr. 08, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota does not owe a buyout payment to former basketball coach Richard Pitino for his dismissal, according to the separation agreement provided Wednesday by the university. Pitino was fired March 15. He was hired at New...

New Gophers coach Johnson aims to keep top state talent home

Mar. 23, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ben Johnson arrived at Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle's house already dressed for the job he was there to interview for. Johnson wore a Gophers pullover, making a strong first impression. His first task as head coach of the men's basketball...

New Minnesota coach is former player, assistant Ben Johnson

Mar. 22, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hired Ben Johnson as its new men's basketball coach Monday, giving the former Gophers player and assistant a five-year contract — and favoring relationships over experience in the latest attempt to lift a long-middling program up to the top of the Big Ten. ...

Pitino rises from ashes of scandal for rebirth at Iona

Mar. 18, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

Rick Pitino pioneered use of the 3-point shot in college, and he used the first season of the shiny, new 19-feet, 9-inch toy to help Providence become the first six seed to reach the Final Four. Pitino had already led Boston University to the NCAA Tournament several years...

Pitino takes over at New Mexico, looks to revitalize Lobos

Mar. 18, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Richard Pitino is barely taking over at New Mexico and he's already fielding a challenge for his Lobos. The would-be opponent is Iona, the program coached by Pitino's father, Rick. “When I got the job, I got a text right...

Minnesota fires men's basketball coach Richard Pitino

Mar. 18, 2021 14:46 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota fires men's basketball coach Richard Pitino.