March 25, 2013
Tubby Smith has been fired by Minnesota, as reported by CBSSports.com and later confirmed by the school.
He was 124-81 in six seasons as head coach of the Gophers with three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NCAA Tournament win -- which came earlier this week against UCLA in the Round of 64.
“Tubby has had a long and distinguished career and we feel it's time for a fresh set of eyes for our student-athletes and our program in general,” Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said in the statement. “We are grateful to Tubby and his entire staff for their hard work and dedication to this University, our students and the entire Minnesota community. We wish Tubby, Donna and the entire staff well.”
Smith had been hired at Minnesota after 10 seasons at Kentucky, where he went 268-83 with one national championship.