Minnesota announced Monday that it is hiring Xavier assistant Ben Johnson, a former Gophers player and assistant, to replace Richard Pitino as the program's basketball coach. Johnson joined the Xavier staff in 2018 after working as an assistant for Pitino from 2013-18. 

CBS Sports' Matt Norlander confirmed the news of the impending hire earlier on Monday. 

"Ben is a proven coach who is ready to lead his own program," Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said. "He has earned this opportunity and is a tremendous teacher, recruiter and relationship builder. I am thrilled for him to lead his alma mater, and I am excited for the future of our men's basketball program."

Johnson has also worked as an assistant for Northern Iowa and Nebraska since his time as a co-captain in the Minnesota program from 2002 to 2004.