AP Source: Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

AP Source: Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 08: Head coach Tubby Smith of the Minnesota Golden Gophers reacts as he coaches against the Northwestern Wildcats during their first round game of 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 8, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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by JON KRAWCZYNSKI

Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 2:23 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota has fired Tubby Smith one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.
 
A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that Smith was fired on Monday. The person requested anonymity because a decision has not been announced. CBSsports.com first reported the firing.
 
Smith spent six seasons with the Gophers, helping to bring the program back to respectability. He arrived in 2007 from Kentucky, immediately ramping up expectations for a team that had been buried by an academic cheating scandal.
 
Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just 46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished higher than sixth in the conference. The Gophers made three NCAA tournament appearances under Smith. They beat UCLA this year before losing on Sunday.
 

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