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Men's Ball Media Day

Richard Pitino spoke to a media corps even lighter on cameras than usual with the Marlins managerial announcement of Mike Redmond a couple of hours later tractor beaming media to Little Havana.

Much of what Pitino said appeared in The Herald last week or will appear in The Herald Tuesday in our FIU college preview story. He said he and his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, actually talk (or text) more now, asking each other how practice is and such. "I think he's like most fathers -- not worried, but he wants to kjnow what's going on with his son, how he's doing, making sure he's checking up on me. Their program has always been my life. And certainly FIU's become almost his life a little bit."

Pitino said about the 30-pound slimmer Joey De La Rosa, who is also down to 11 percent bodyfat from 18 percent, "Thing I love about Joey is he's got heart, he's a dreamer. Joey thinks one day he's going to be playing at the highest highest level. He's going to work extremely hard, listen to everything you say. He's still got a ways to go, but from when I took the job until now, he's improved tremendously."

I'll have another post later from De La Rosa on why he stayed and some of the transfers on why they came to FIU. 



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