Chicken Man and Coaching Legend Attend Gopher Basketball Win Over Hoosiers


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Modern coaching legend Rick Pitino was in attendance at Williams Arena during the Minnesota Gophers Men’s Basketball Saturday-night-slump-snapping (66 – 60) victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

He wasn’t at the game alone.

Pitino, who was seated next to a man wearing a chicken suit, is the head coach of the #14 ranked Louisville Cardinals — on Saturday he was simply a spectator at the historic “Barn” to support his son Richard, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Gophers.

The man in the chicken suit was identified as Ryan Pitino, Rick’s other son and Richard’s younger brother, who was dressed in the barnyard fowl get-up as the result of reportedly losing a bet. This isn’t the first time the Pitino brothers have been unapologetically wacky during one of their father’s trips to Minnesota.

While the elder Coach Pitino chatted basketball strategy with Richard during his December 10th visit last year, his oldest son Michael took the opportunity to bomb one of the photos taken by a Pioneer Press photog.


In related news, the Pitino family is apparently kind of goofy, just like my family.

The (16 – 8) Gophers travel to Madison on Thursday to take on the rival Badgers in a key Big Ten matchup.

Perhaps Ryan Pitino would be willing to make the trip to the Kohl Center and don the chicken suit one more time, just for good luck?

After all, Minnesota is 1-0 with the “Chicken Man” in attendance.


Photos via: Google and Pioneer Press


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Brent Lee

Brent and his dog Steve live in Eagan where they spend their time eating, sleeping and getting into adventures. Apart from the brutal, inhumane winters, they are both convinced Minnesota is a top five global destination. Brent is happiest when he is playing football, laughing, discussing philosophy, eating Chipotle, watching anything Larry David created, doing funny character voices while reading children's books to his two little nieces, or writing about whatever happens to cross his mind, unapologetically stretching sentence length and comma usage as far as the editor will allow. Also, Brent's nemesis is Burt Reynolds, though Mr. Reynolds is likely unaware of this rivalry.

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