Skip to main content

Reports: Gophers give Richard Pitino a $400K raise

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Despite failing to play in any postseason tournament in 2014-15, Golden Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino is getting a raise.

According to the Pioneer Press, Pitino received a boost of $400,000, raising his annual salary to $1.6 million.

Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports that Pitino was given the raise out of fear that he would leave Minnesota for the formerly vacant head coaching position at the University of Alabama. Thus, the raise came one year earlier than scheduled, Hartman says.

Pitino's father, Rick Pitino, head coach at Louisville, told Jim Rome that his son seriously considered taking the job at Alabama before dedicating himself to the ongoing rebuilding project with the Gophers.

The 32-year-old coach is entering his third season with the Gophers. He guided Minnesota to the NIT title in 2013-14 before last year's 18-15, postseason-less finish. Overall, the Gophers are 43-28 under Pitino but only 14-22 in the Big Ten.

Pitino's original contract was a six-year deal signed in 2013. The Pioneer Press says two years are expected to be added to the four years remaining on the deal.

Earlier this week, Rick Pitino received a contract extension with Louisville through the 2025-26 season. Sports Illustrated notes that the elder Pitino will soon be making an annual salary of more than $5 million.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-24 at 5.21.04 PM

Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing

Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.


Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.

Julissa Thaler

Eli Hart killing: Police investigating multiple crime scenes

An announcement Tuesday confirmed potential crime scenes in Mound and Minnetrista.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike.

Twin Cities mental health workers gather for 1-day strike

More than 400 mental health workers are participating in the unionized strike on Tuesday.

Bloomington Fire

HAZMAT team at Bloomington hotel following chemical spill in pool

The fire department said two hotel employees are being evaluated by paramedics.

Screen Shot 2022-03-24 at 9.21.32 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities gets $6M of Mackenzie Scott donation

The donation is the largest the organization has ever seen from a single individual.

Hennepin Avenue S.

Minneapolis accused of backtracking on 24/7 bus lanes for Hennepin Ave.

The Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on Thursday.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Duluth brings back masking in city buildings amid COVID surge

Duluth, in one of the state's current COVID hotspots, has brought back a mask requirement in city buildings.