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.”
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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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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Minnesota fired Tubby Smith on Monday, cutting ties with the veteran coach one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.
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.
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.