Minnesota officially part ways with Richard Pitino as the head coach of the Golden Gophers after eight long seasons with a record of 141-123 overall, but just a 54–96 conference record.
Jeff Goodman first broke the news through a tweet, “BREAKING: Minnesota is expected to part ways with Richard Pitino, sources told @Stadium.” He wrote.
BREAKING: Minnesota is expected to part ways with Richard Pitino, sources told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 15, 2021
Throughout his eight years with the Gophers, he only managed to post a winning conference record in the 2016-17 season which the Gophers ended with a 24-10 record overall and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since he joined. He won the NIT in his first season as Gopher head coach and went all the way to the second round in his last appearance.
Although his chapter with the Gophers may have come to an end, Pitino has been named a top contender for the New Mexico job along with former Nebraska coach Tim Miles.