Former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders has turned down the opportunity to replace Tubby Smith at the University of Minnesota.
Saunders is a former Golden Gopher and according to the Pioneer Press was in Indianapolis to watch Friday's Sweet 16 matchup between Michigan State and Duke. Gophers' athletic director Norwood Teague also was in Indianapolis.
The 58-year-old Saunders coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2005. He also coached the Detroit Pistons (2005-08) and Washington Wizards (2009-12).
Minnesota fired Smith on Monday, a day after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA Tournament. Smith coached six seasons for Minnesota.