On 'short list,' Richard Pitino will not leave Gophers for Tennessee
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Tennessee has a vacant head coaching position for the men's basketball team. Gophers coach Richard Pitino is on the "short list of top candidates" to replace Cuonzo Martin, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Tennessee has Minnesota coach Richard Pitino on its short list of top candidates, multiple sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 16, 2014
Earlier Wednesday, USA Today speculated that Pitino would be among the list of names that Tennessee would consider.
Now, just because he's on the short list doesn't mean he'd choose to leave Minnesota, shortly after completing his first season with an NIT championship.
Pitino will not leave for the open Tennessee job, according to 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.
Told directly just now NO on Pitino to Tennessee. It has come up at the 'U' offices today. #gophers— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) April 16, 2014
Pitino was asked if he wanted to put out statement to debunk talk. Didn't want to draw any attention. But maybe that changes w/ ESPN report.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) April 16, 2014