Skip to main content

Reports: Gophers give Richard Pitino a $400K raise


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

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Boy, 6, run over after falling off trailer in Meeker Co. tree farm accident

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with internal injuries.

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.36.14 AM

Waterfront hotel in Duluth sustains damage in kitchen fire

Authorities estimate the damage at around $75,000.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.