Smith to be introduced as Texas Tech head coach Tuesday

  • Article by: ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Updated: April 2, 2013 - 8:24 AM

The coach fired last week by the Gophers found work, becoming the fourth coach in four years at his new school.

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goldengoph3rApr. 2, 1312:46 AM

Great news for fans of Smith, great news for the 'U'. Hopefully, this is the end of the Tubby Apology tour by well-meaning but woefully uninformed Gopher fans.

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comment229Apr. 2, 13 5:23 AM

Question: Since he has a new contract with another university, is the U of M required to pay him the $2.5 million dollars?

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editor29Apr. 2, 13 7:00 AM

It's either a sign of Tubby's true love for coaching, or the true desperation of a basketball-graveyard school, that this pairing has occurred. I'd say it's a lot of both.

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notsidApr. 2, 13 7:44 AM

No matter how one feels about the Tubster, he has a career winning record of well over 60 percent which is rather unsual amongst college basketball coaches. I read that Dick Vitale called the firing of Smith as a sad day for college bsketball given his career record. While Vitale did note that Texas Tech was making a good hire, he also noted that Tubby should hire some aggressive recruiters. To be fair, Tubby did recruit some good players who left including the head case, White, as well as Cobb and Iverson who left and who did well with other teams. While their leaving was blamed on Smith, perhaps there were other factors involved as well that were personal to each of those who left and beyond Smith's control. In addition, while many considered the 2012-13 team to be Smith's best at Minnesota, they proved to not be players who could play well consitently with grit and determination agaisnt the good conference teams. They could and did play well against some of the good conference teams, includign Indiana and Michigan State only to fail to show up to play in a folowing game against lesser opponents. Was that a matter of coaching or was it a matter of a serious lack of talent who could perform well on a consistent basis? Only Mkwabe, for example, made the all conference team that really counts, the one selected by the coaches, and Andre Hollins received honorable mention from the folks tht counbt. No other Gopher player received any recognition from the coaches which was probably a true reflection of how good the Gopher players actually were...just as their 9th place finish in conference was. There big opening round NCAA win over UCLA and their failure to show up for their next game against a clarly beatable Florida team was jsut a final affirmation of the team's lack of talent, grit and confidence, nothing more and nothing less.

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kindaliberalApr. 2, 13 7:56 AM

NOTSID, good comment. I would add that it seems Tubby was pretty well thought of outside MN in college basketball. He's got a new job with a major conference team and we don't have a coach. Yes, he gets paid his buyout too.

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sloughfoxApr. 2, 13 8:14 AM

we once had a hoops coach named tubby who best teams played rather flubby, now he's at texas tech who he can't further wreck and now everyone's raising a bubbly!!!

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stanturnApr. 2, 13 8:36 AM

I'd rather have Tubby Smith as the Gopher basketball coach than the U of M athletics department's fifth or sixth choice for a replacement. The genius A-D Norwood Teague and his "Villa 7" sidekick Mike Ellis couldn't even land Florida Gulf Coast U coach Andy Enfeld. Flip Saunders didn't want to work for those bumbling egos either. Good thing we've got great basketball minds running the hoops program in Dinkytown...these jokers are in way over their heads. This ain't Virginia Commonwealth anymore Dorothy!

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kev5115Apr. 2, 13 8:43 AM

Texas Tech is a perfect place for Tubby, Saul and the rest of the entourage that follow the Tubster around. In all fairness I'm sure they're as happy as we were here 6 years ago. If they think he's gonna turn them into winners or bring in any top talent their in for a reality check. When Tubby brings in 5 substitutes 6 minutes into games it won't be long and the fans of Lubbock will be screaming down there too. I'm just glad he's their problem now, and HE WILL have problems, alot of them.

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gjacobApr. 2, 13 8:55 AM

I guess Smith is one less coach available to say "no" to the Gophers.

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bizzle22Apr. 2, 1310:00 AM

Tubby Smith in six years at Minnesota: 124-81, 3 NCAA tournaments. Previous six years at Minnesota: 95-93, 1 NCAA tournament. Yea, he really didn't make any improvements here...

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