Dec. 18, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The second father-son coaching matchup between Louisville's Rick Pitino and Minnesota's Richard Pitino is surely going to gain national attention. On Tuesday, ESPN announced the Cardinals and Gophers will face each other in the 2014 Armed Forces Classic from the Coast Guard base in Puerto Rico.
The third annual game, scheduled for Nov. 14, will take place at the United States Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. The contest will be televised on ESPN and serve as part of the network's America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative, honoring the men and women who are serving and have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.
Rick Pitino, now in his 13th season at Louisville, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He is the only coach in NCAA history to take three different teams to the NCAA Final Four, and after guiding Louisville to last year's national title, became the first coach to win an NCAA championship at two different schools.
Richard Pitino, who spent four years under his father's tutelage as an assistant at Louisville, is in his first season at Minnesota and has led the program to a 9-2 start. He accepted his first head coaching job at FIU last year, guiding the Panthers to their first winning season in more than a decade.
The two programs have faced each other five times, most recently in 2008. The Gophers posted a 70-64 win in the Stadium Shootout in Phoenix, Ariz. Louisville has won two of the last three meetings, with wins coming in the 1982 and 1994 NCAA tournaments.
The inaugural game on Nov. 9, 2012 saw unranked Connecticut upset No. 14-ranked Michigan State 66-62 from inside a C-5 transport airplane hangar on Ramstein Air Base in Germany. In the second installment on Nov. 8, 2013, No. 19 Oregon topped Georgetown 82-75 from United States Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Both games were aired on ESPN and part of ESPN's Veteran's Week programming.
The Armed Forces Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.