Anyone who knows me (or follows me on Twitter) knows that I love sports, particularly my beloved Golden Gophers. So it should come as no surprise that I watched the press conference with our new men’s basketball coach, Richard Pitino. After 40-some minutes, this 30-year-old coach with precisely one year of head coaching experience had won me over. Was it his appreciation for the University of Minnesota and its facilities? How he handled questions from the media? His promise to run an up-tempo offense? Sure, all of these things factor in. But the real reason I was sold can be boiled down to one word: enthusiasm.Originally published April 17, 2013
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