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Updated: April 16th, 2013 11:59am
Richard Pitino's staff slowly coming together, but 'still in flux'

Richard Pitino's staff slowly coming together, but 'still in flux'

by Nate Sandell
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nearly two weeks in, new Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino is trying to finalize his assistant coaching staff.

Kimani Young and Mike Balado, both of whom were with Pitino at his previous head coaching stop at Florida International, were announced by the Gophers as additions to Pitino's staff on April 10.

But in a sit-down interview with Pitino on Tuesday, he said Balado's position is "not official yet."

Florida International has approached Balado, who is set to be the of Director of Basketball Operations with the Gophers, about the possibility of being added as the top assistant on the staff of Pitino's successor, Anthony Evans.

With a nameplate already on his office, Balado has been on campus and working with the Gophers since Pitino arrived in Minneapolis last week.

Pitino was not sure about the timetable of when he would hear the final word on Balado's situation, which is "still in flux."

Following a brief delay after initial reports surfaced, former Gophers guard Ben Johnson was officially announced Tuesday as the third assistant on Pitino's staff.

Johnson, a native of Minneapolis, served as an assistant for Nebraska coach Tim Miles last season. While with the Huskers, he worked as the team's recruiting coordinator and oversaw player development in the backcourt.

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