Minnesota Golden Gophers head basketball coach Richard Pitino is set to have his annual salary bumped to $1.6 million, after receiving a $600,000 pay raise from the university.
Pitino remained with the Gophers this offseason, after being contacted as part of the coaching search from the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Ultimately, Pitino decided to return to Minnesota, because of the positive environment and his strong relationship with the university’s athletic director.
“The thing that I love and probably my favorite thing on a day-to-day basis is working with Norwood Teague,” Pitino said, via the Pioneer Press. “There’s no more supportive athletic director in the country. He totally understands that. So we’re always working together to figure out ways to get the commitment level to the highest it could possibly be.
“That doesn’t happen overnight. We’re definitely working towards it. We’ve got such an open line of communication. He understands what I want. I understand what he wants.”
It looks like Pitino’s decision to stay put has paid off.
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