— The incentives in Pitino's deal are considerably lower than Smith's, though for finishing 10-8 in the conference or better, a feat Smith never pulled off, Pitino would receive $50,000. Pitino would get $250,000 for winning a national championship; Smith would've received $1.5 million. Pitino would get $25,000 for winning the Big Ten tournament; Smith would've received $250,000. And for a team grade-point average of 3.5 or better, Pitino would get $75,000; Smith would've received $150,000 for 3.25 and up.
Smith was promised a practice facility that almost every major program in the country has but is still in the planning stages at Minnesota. Pitino said he had "zero doubt" it would be built.
"The practice facility will come and when it does, it'll be great. But there's so much here we can use to our advantage and sell," Pitino said.
So what happens when father and son are pursuing the same high school player?
"It's game on. That's the way I'm looking at it," Pitino said, smiling. "Hopefully he fights fair, but I'm excited about it."
The news conference on the raised Williams Arena floor had a pep-rally feel, with a full rotation of music by the band and clapping and cheering by the few hundred fans who watched from the seats. The entire Gophers team, wearing matching white golf shirts adorned with the school logo, watched from the floor while Pitino spoke.
Leading scorer Andre Hollins, a junior to be, said he believes every player will be back and spoke excitedly about the fast-and-fun style Pitino promised to employ, with full-court pressure defense and run-the-break offense.
"We've been kind of in limbo, just kind of waiting, just trying to see," Hollins said. "There've been a lot of calls, a lot of people contacting us, trying to see what we're going to do. But we just wanted to wait and see what Norwood had in store for us, and I think he made the right choice."
AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report.
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