CRAWFORD | Pitino vs. Pitino is official, Puerto Rico in 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The father-son coaching matchup between the University of Louisville and Minnesota is officially on for next season, ESPN announced today.
The third game in a series of Armed Forces Classic games will feature Rick Pitino and his son Richard squaring off on Nov. 14, 2014 at the U.S. Air Station in Borinquen, Puerto Rico.
The Armed Forces games are to be played at military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation. It will originate from a Coast Guard base in 2014, Marines in 2015 and the Navy in 2016.
Rick Pitino first talked about the game in an interview with WDRB in late November. The father and son speak daily, sometimes multiple times. Richard says his father is a valuable resource.
"I enjoy working with him and him being part of our program, as much as possible, sending him practice film, sending him an exhibition game and asking, 'Hey, what do you think of this guy?' " Richard Pitino told WDRB's Rick Bozich.
"I don't ever want to get a feeling where we're competing against each other. I think people think that. I tell them all the time: We're not competing against each other. We're working with each other as much as possible."
Meanwhile, the trash talk already has escalated.
"I said, 'Richard, I'm thinking about it, I'm not sure it's too good for you being at Minnesota to lose to Louisville at this stage of your career,'" Rick Pitino said.
"He said, 'Being the fact that you're going to lose possibly Chane (Behanan), Montrezl (Harrell), Luke (Hancock) and Russ (Smith), it's probably not too good for a Hall of Fame coach to lose to his son.
"I said, 'I can't wait.' I always use this line: ‘I never spanked you as a child. I can't wait to spank you now.' His thing is, ‘Bring it on Dad because you don't have the team I'm going to have.' "
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