Richard Pitino Signing Autographs (Video)

Thursday night, was on hand as new Minnesota Golden Gophers Men's basketball coach Richard Pitino made an appearance on behalf of Metro Park East apartments, a University of Minnesota student residence. The event took place inside the Metro Park leasing office, at The Commons Hotel, also located on the U of M campus.

The above original video shows Pitino signing autographs and interacting with fans, including multiple students. Pitino, who has started out 2-0 in non-conference action, was very cordial to all those in attendance.

The 31-year-old coach, fresh off landing three solid recruits for his 2014-2015 class, is very much hoping to add top 20 national recruit/Minnesota native Rashad Vaughn, come this spring.

Unfortunately for Pitino, Minnesota high school star/top five national prospect Tyus Jones will reportedly commit to either Duke or Kansas, Friday afternoon.  

Pitino, the son of legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, has many Gopher enthusiasts excited about what the future may hold for the school's basketball program.