Minnesota has to fire Pitino

Submitted by Rambling Wolverine on March 1st, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Can't see how Minnesota can retain Coach Richard Pitino after the way they imploded during BIG play.

Louisville needs a coach.  

(first time post, be kind)



March 1st, 2018 at 8:48 AM ^

They’re not going to fire him one year removed from a Touney appearance unless something comes out from the whole Lynch thing on him.


March 1st, 2018 at 9:02 AM ^

Getting fired over Lynch was my first thought, as well.

Has there been any update to that? Last I heard, he was barred from campus (as far as I can recall), but still allowed to remain with the team and practice. It seemed like there was a pretty vocal outcry over that situation that dissipated pretty quickly.

Chalky White

March 1st, 2018 at 8:50 AM ^

Asking for kindness never works on this board. This board doesn't take kindly to threads based on random thoughts. You can post all of the random thoughts You want in the body of the thread, but it's never accepted in the first post.


March 1st, 2018 at 8:53 AM ^

Although, the random thoughts of MGoBloggers who have first consumed copious amounts of alcohol can SOMETIMES go over rather well, but only because they are often so disjointed as to be incomprehensible. I usually like to leave those up if they are truly astounding, just to see if the OP revisits the thread the next day.


March 1st, 2018 at 10:38 AM ^

but I wasn’t compelled to start a thread.

Edit: Foster Loyer has a torn meniscus and Brandon John’s coach resigned. Now there are some topics for you.


March 1st, 2018 at 10:11 AM ^

that he gets his shit together and then where are you. Better to have a few more years of upheaval while the next hapless a**hole lines up his ducks.

Gotta say, though, that Minny looks like it might be about as unpleasant a place for women as MSU. Another one to strike off the list of schools for my daughter. 


March 1st, 2018 at 9:01 AM ^

Minnesota is in the same position as Northwestern. They're a bad program historically so, despite the down year, they aren't going to fire Pitino who's 1 year removed from a NCAA Tournament appearance.


March 1st, 2018 at 11:35 AM ^

Northwestern had never (!) made the tournament before last season.  They had no history at all. 

Minnesota OTOH has been generally middle-of-the-pack, with the occasional strong team.  Their bigger issue is that they seem to be perpetually kind of shady, having off-court issues (or on-court)  every now and then.




Inflammable Flame

March 1st, 2018 at 9:06 AM ^

I've posted twice that I can remember. Once was good (my Wormhole topic) and one was a Homer-disappearing-into-the-hedges moment. I'll disagree with your opinion because, as previously posted, he is one year removed from a big dance invite and does anyone really want to walk into THAT thing going on in Louisville right now? Basically what Hoke walked into (pun intended) here at UM.

Edit: moreso the overall mess of athletic department, not the exact hiring of sex and money to recruits.


March 1st, 2018 at 9:14 AM ^

I fully acknowledge I'm not a bball savant but every Minnesota game I watched both last season and this season seemed chaotic.

I guess I'm just not impressed with the boy king's coaching ability up there or approach.  They just literally threw junk at the rim and sold out for o rebs to get points, I couldn't see much a semblance of coaching at all unless he said "there's the basket, get on your horse, attack, don't worry about shot quality just throw it up"

Their 5 seed last year has been roundly discussed here and by the guys on multiple podcasts, this season they lost one of their better players to expulsion for multiple sexual assaults.  Do they even have a semblance of a team anymore?  Their game against us at Chrisler looked like their best played game all season, he may get another year but what hope lays on the horizon?


March 1st, 2018 at 9:09 AM ^

I'm negging you for showing weakness.  You have to come in strong on this board, no "first time post, be kind" fluff.


March 1st, 2018 at 9:09 AM ^

4 of Minnesota's top 6 players were unavailable for all of a majority of the season due to injury or suspension. I think that's a relevant factor in what happened to the team. It's somewhat similar to losing 2 QBs and an OT.


March 1st, 2018 at 9:09 AM ^

Is it really that hard to create a good post if you've never done one before? Post a link to an interesting and relevant article. Post some sort of data or well thought out and explained opinion.

Don't post a 1 sentence hot take. People have to have seen tons of posts like this get destroyed, do they really need to have one of their own destroyed before they can learn how to write a good post?

Billy Seamonster

March 1st, 2018 at 9:10 AM ^

So you think Minnesota needs to fire him, and that Louisville would then hire him? That makes little sense. Why would Louisville hire someone who was fired from Minnesota? Not to mention, I would assume they would want to stay away from anyone with the name Pitino after everything.

Hotel Putingrad

March 1st, 2018 at 9:18 AM ^

well, he's not a very good coach and has assembled some questionable characters, but I think they'll give him another year. Don Lucia probably won't be back though.


March 1st, 2018 at 12:08 PM ^

The Lucia move is fascinating. On the one hand, he has won two national titles and has a host of other achievements. This isn't major college football, so firing a coach who makes NCAA tourneys for cause is exceptionally strange.

On the other hand, this is Minnesota, which should be fighting for a 1 seed every year and winning national titles, and they've been cleanly passed not only by arch-rival North Dakota but also by Saint Cloud State and even UMD. When you're only the third or fourth best program in the state, something is wrong. In fact, the only reason things aren't worse is that Minnie joined the B1G precisely at the moment that three national powers went through historical bad periods at the same time. He should have been fired years ago.


March 1st, 2018 at 9:38 AM ^

It's a pretty reasonable take.  I mean, up to this point, 100% of all coaches who've lost to Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament were relieved of their duties the next offseason.  I sort of feel like that should be a thing -- "Welp, you're obviously not qualified to coach at the D-I level.  You lost to Rutgers."


March 1st, 2018 at 9:47 AM ^

Do you have some type of hate for him? They had injuries to key players and, as mentioned, lost Lynch due to sexual misconduct issue. Unless Pitino had something to do with allowing him to continue playing or some other action benefiting the player, I don't see why on Earth Minnesota would fire him.

IMO, this wasn't a great thread for your first post.


March 1st, 2018 at 9:55 AM ^

They were overseeded last year and ranked too high this preseason.

Before the suspensions and injuries, they were no better than what Nebraska is right now.  They almost lost to a team down to four players when they still had a full roster.

A healthy, full roster would have still made the tournament, but I don't think they would have contended for a conference title.

Big Brown Jug

March 1st, 2018 at 1:26 PM ^

I watched the game live and it really wasn't as shocking as it sounds.  The gophers tried to sit on a double digit lead and run out the clock, but Alabama's prayer 3s kept dropping in until they were within 3.  Minnesota then their started running their offense again and won comfortably.  It was embarrassing, but the game was never in much doubt.