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Pitino's son replacing Isiah Thomas as FIU coach
In another big-name move for FIU, Panthers hire Richard Pitino to replace Isiah Thomas
By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' Florida International has called a Monday afternoon news conference to introduce Richard Pitino as its basketball coach.

He is the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and spent this past season as the associate head coach on his father's staff, helping the Cardinals reach the Final Four.

At FIU, Richard Pitino will replace Isiah Thomas. The Basketball Hall of Fame player was fired by the Panthers on April 6 after going 26-65 in three seasons.

Terms of the contract were not immediately released, though as a public university FIU will eventually have to make them available.

Rick Pitino confirmed the move Sunday, saying that he was "delighted" for his 29-year-old son. Richard Pitino will be a head coach for the first time.

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