Gopher basketball team, Pitino thank fans at the State Fair

University of Minnesota athletes met with fans at the Great Minnesota Get-Together on Monday, and among them was Gopher basketball head coach Richard Pitino.

The 32-year-old has a 43-28 record here in Minnesota, and though he started his career as a head coach in Florida, but he understands how important it is for his players to get out and see their fans in their own environment (and often, in their rarest form).

“It’s always great to see all our fans especially before we get ramped up, be able to say hello, take pictures with them, and thank them, more than anything, for their support,” Pitino said.