The Newest Golden Gopher: Tubby Smith

Tubby Smith is no longer the coach of the University of Kentucky. He will now be the coach of downtrodden University of Minnesota. The Gophers have long struggled to keep their own kids in-state and compete in the Big 10.

Minnesota’s last coach, Dan Monson, resigned at the end of November, and the assistant coach had been the interim coach for this season. It took less than a day for Tubby to make the move, as Minnesota just began talking to him earlier this morning. For the much-embattled Smith, this is a way to leave on his terms, rather than face the UK “firing squad.”

So, what’s next for UK? The coaching search will begin tomorrow I assume. If I was hiring, first on my list would be Billy Donovan, but I really don’t think they can get him. Who will we see next year on the sidelines at Rupp Arena?

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2 responses to “The Newest Golden Gopher: Tubby Smith

  1. It took less than a day for Tubby to make the move, as Minnesota just began talking to him earlier this morning.

    But do you believe that? The report i read from Lexington (kentucky.com, think that’s the Herald-Leader is that a former U of M employee in the UK AD had gotten wind of Tubby’s dissatisfaction and then communicated it to the Gopher AD a couple of weeks ago.

  2. Very true. I guess I don’t really believe that it had just been a couple hours, but I heard that Minn had just asked for permission to talk to Tubby earlier that day. So it was only a few hours of “official” contact.

    I’m sure prior to that was a lot of “chatting” and the plane trip was just to hammer out the details.

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