Richard Pitino flying the coup?

Richard Pitino is considered one of the hot up-and-coming assistants in college basketball. In two years at Louisville, Pitino has proven a highly-skilled recruiter. Now, it looks like the younger Pitino could be moving on. Is Richard Pitino about to fly the coup? has learned through sources that Louisville assistant Richard Pitino is expected to leave his father's side on the Cardinals bench to join Billy Donovan at Florida.

Pitino joined the Louisville staff two years ago, replacing Kevin Willard. Since coming to Louisville, Pitino has quickly earned his stripes as a top-notch recruiter, helping land players such as Peyton Siva, Rakeem Buckles and Jared Swopshire.

Billy Donovan told Friday that he hoped to name a new assistant in short order. Donovan played for Rick Pitino at Providence and served under him at Kentucky before breaking out on his own.

"I've got a couple of guys (in mind)," Donovan said. "I think I'm moving much closer to doing something here. I'm hopeful that I would be able to get something done in the next day or two."

No reason was given why Pitino is making what appears a lateral move within the coaching fraternity. One reason could be to gain additional experience under another top-notch coach who has won the NCAA title. Like Pitino, several of Donovan's former assistants, including Alabama's Anthony Grant, have went on to become head coaches.

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