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Pitino: We have enough to compete at the highest level

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Minnesota Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino started his own blog earlier this summer, and he posted a new entry on Wednesday.

Part of his blog touched on the ongoing battle to get a new practice facility.

There has been a lot of talk about facilities and how to improve in these areas. I truly believe we have enough right now to compete at the highest level. Our philosophy is to always talk about what we do have, not what we don't have. We have an extremely passionate fan base, an outstanding university, a marquee basketball conference, a tremendous home court advantage and one of the most desirable cities to live in the country. I have all the faith in the world in our athletic director, Norwood Teague, and his staff to continue to improve our athletic department. We are absolutely headed in the right direction. 

Another part of the blog gave insight on a grading system Pitino and his coaching staff uses. It gives an overall grade to players based on their strength and conditioning, basketball, academics and attitude.

Maverick Ahanmisi was the only guy who got A's all across the board. He got an A- in leadership only because we want him to be more vocal. Joey King also got the perfect score but received a B- in his attitude. He got the grade not because he has a poor attitude, but more because he needs to find a way to channel his emotions and energy a little better.

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