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Updated: November 26th, 2013 7:08pm
Richard Pitino to open next season against his dad on aircraft carrier

Richard Pitino to open next season against his dad on aircraft carrier

by Derek Wetmore
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Gophers head coach Richard Pitino is set to square off with his dad next season.

Rick Bozich of WDRB radio in Louisville reported Tuesday that the Gophers and Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals will play early next season. A source close to the Gophers program confirmed that plan to Tuesday.

Here's a snippet from Rick Pitino quoted in the WDRB story:

"If everything goes according to Hoyle, we will open up on a military base with Minnesota on national television next season."


"We're working on that now, but it could be Puerto Rico if it all works," Pitino said. "We haven't signed contracts. It's a long way from done. But it could be on a military base opening the season next year."

One source told that the game more than likely will take place on an aircraft carrier, but added that it's not yet finalized. It's more likely that the game is held stateside, but as the elder Pitino noted, it could also be in Puerto Rico.

It will be an early November game on national TV, but final details are still being hammered out.

Here are several more excerpts from WDRB:

Father and son competed against each other last season. Richard brought his Florida International team to the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville won that game, 79-55.


On Halloween Day at Big Ten basketball media day in Chicago, Richard Pitino said that he did not want to play another game against his father simply to get a guarantee check and take a defeat. They talk basketball every day. Sometimes several times a day.

Richard looks forward to a post-game text message from his father. He wants his opinion and advice any time he can get it. When Rick was late with his post-game comments Monday night after the Gophers lost a close game to Syracuse, Richard fired off this quick text: "No feedback?"

"I enjoy working with him and him being part of our program, as much as possible, sending him practice film, sending him an exhibition game and asking, 'Hey, what do you think of this guy?' " Richard Pitino said.

"I don't ever want to get a feeling where we're competing against each other. I think people think that. I tell them all the time: We're not competing against each other. We're working with each other as much as possible."

Even without a signed contract yet for 2014-15, Rick Pitino said the trash talking has already started.

"I said, 'Richard, I'm thinking about it, I'm not sure it's too good for you being at Minnesota to lose to Louisville at this stage of your career,'" Rick Pitino said.


"I said, 'I can't wait.' I always use this line: 'I never spanked you as a child. I can't wait to spank you now.' His thing is, 'Bring it on Dad because you don't have the team I'm going to have.' "

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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