Richard Pitino’s first year as head coach of the Minnesota Gophers is not going fantasic so far; ESPN recently reported that their sophomore guard Joe Coleman was granted his release from his scholarship on Wednesday.
Team source confirms that Joe Coleman has asked for his release from Minnesota. #Gophers
— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) May 15, 2013
Coleman has two years of eligibility left, but it remains to be seen where he will end up. Pitino’s statement about the release was politically correct, but the Gophers will clearly miss Coleman’s contributions.
“Joe Coleman has made the decision to leave the Golden Gopher basketball program. We wish him the very best in the future,” Pitino said to ESPN in a news release. “We appreciate the contributions he has given the program the last two years.”
Pitino may struggle in his first year as coach, but if he recruits well, then he could carve out a spot for himself in the Big 10. It is probably comforting that he does not have to coach in the same conference as his father.
Richard Pitino “Joe Coleman has made the decision to leave the Golden Gopher basketball program. We wish him the very best in the future.”
— Nadine Babu (@NadineBabu) May 15, 2013
We’ll just have to see how Pitino’s first year goes with the Gophers, but you can bet we will be rooting for him at Rant Sports Prep.