Video: Tom Izzo reacts to Tubby Smith's firing


Tom Izzo Reacts to Tubby Smith Getting Fired

During his Monday morning press conference with reporters, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked about Minnesota’s decision today to fire Tubby Smith as the Golden Gophers head basketball coach. Watch Izzo’s reaction and answer in this video clip. The Michigan State coach takes a sip of water and then takes a long pause before answering. “Tubby’s a good friend of mine,” Izzo said. “So that does hit me a little bit harder.”

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Minnesota Announces Tubby Smith Firing

Tubby Smith did many good things while head coach at Minnesota. He won some big games, advanced the program to three NCAA tourneys and two NITs in six years on the job. But, the school decided today that all of that wasn’t enough. Smith was fired. Now what for the Golden Gophers, who join Northwestern as Big Ten schools in search of a coach?

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Twitter: Reaction to Tubby Smith's firing

Nov 27, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Doyle Reacts to Tubby Smith Firing

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Tubby Smith is out at Minnesota. The coach was fired Monday, one day after the Gophers were knocked out of the NCAA tourney. Smith, 61, spent six seasons in Minneapolis, tallying a 124-81 overall mark (.605), including 46-62 (.426) in the Big Ten. The Gophers made three NCAA tourney appearances under Smith, however they only went 1-3. See the Twitter reaction to Smith’s firing in this post.

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BTN/BTN2Go to air 1987 NCAA title game Tuesday

Indiana's 1987 Title Team

Keith Smart on Indiana memories

Two days before the 26th anniversary of Keith Smart’s game-winning shot to send Indiana past Syracuse and to the 1987 NCAA title, the Hoosiers and Orange will meet again on another big stage. This time, it’s in the Sweet 16. To get Big Ten fans ready for Thursday’s East Region semifinal, BTN/BTN2Go will air the 1978 national title game at 1, 5 and 10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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Watch our 'Football Report' tonight

Be sure to catch tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 10:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go with Mike Hall, Gerry DiNardo, and Howard Griffith. Our guys take a look at the latest Big Ten football news, including an injury at Michigan, Wisconsin’s big schedule news, and ongoing spring football impressions.

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2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis: Ohio State vs. Iowa State

The Big Ten went 10-3 in the opening weekend of the NCAA tourney and put four teams in the Sweet 16. The 10 wins set a conference record for the Rounds of 64 and 32, while the four Sweet 16 teams tied a conference record.

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