Pitino vs Pitino: Louisville To Face Minnesota In 2014 Armed Forces Classic

Andy Lyons

It's official. Louisville will open its 2014-15 season against Minnesota in the Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 14.

The game, which will pit Rick Pitino against his son, Richard, will take place in Puerto Rico at the Coast Guard Academy's United States Air Station Borinquen. The game will be the third installment of the Armed Forces Classic, which featured Oregon versus Georgetown this season, and Michigan State versus Connecticut two years ago.

"It's all about elevating this program with everything we do," Richard Pitino said. "We want to get to the level of Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, and I think one of those things you've got to do to do that is you've got to be innovative with your scheduling ... I think this is a great way to get our brand out there, to get people talking about Minnesota."

A year ago, Rick and Richard Pitino participated in the first father/son coaching matchup in 17 years when Florida International faced Louisville inside the KFC Yum Center. The Cardinals defeated FIU 79-55, but the Panthers went on to have the most successful season in program history, and Richard wound up landing a Big Ten gig at the tender age of 31.

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