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Pitino's son: From assistant to grief counselor

Updated: September 20, 2006, 8:55 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

At 6:45 Sunday morning, Richard Pitino heard someone pounding on the door of his Pittsburgh townhome.

The Duquesne assistant basketball coach turned 24 just the day before, and his mom, Joanne, had flown in from Louisville to celebrate with her son. Richard's first thought was that his mom had gotten up early and gone for a walk, and now she was locked out.

"But my mom wouldn't pound on the door like that," Richard said.

He opened the door and was greeted by a frantic Anthony Serro, ...

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