- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FLA. (AP) - Rick Pitino’s son, Richard, has accepted an assistant coaching position at Florida.

Richard Pitino spent the last two years working in a similar position under his father at Louisville after stints at Duquesne (2006-07), Northeastern (2005-06) and College of Charleston (2004-05). He replaces Shaka Smart, who left Florida to take the coaching job at Virginia Commonwealth.

Moving out of his father’s shadow, the 26-year-old Pitino will try to help coach Billy Donovan and the Gators return to the NCAA tournament after two years in the NIT.

The Gators have lost seven players _ four transferred, two jumped to the NBA and one recruit asked for his release _ in the last year.

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