By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
In a statement released early Monday afternoon, Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague made the Tubby Smith Firing official. The statement can be read in its entirety below...
University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today that head basketball coach Tubby Smith has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective immediately. A national search for the 17th men’s head basketball coach in the history of the Golden Gopher program is ongoing.
“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,” Teague said. “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 compiled a record of 124-81 (.610) in his six seasons at the helm in Gold Country and led the program to five postseason berths. The Gophers’ postseason accomplishments under Smith include a run to the finals of the 2012 NIT at Madison Square Garden and most recently, a win over UCLA in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
“I want to thank the University of Minnesota and the people of Minnesota for giving me the opportunity to lead the Golden Gopher basketball program for six years,” said Smith. “Our staff did things the right way and will leave knowing that the program is in far better shape than when we arrived. The people of the State of Minnesota embraced Donna and me from the beginning and we will always be grateful.”
Teague will address the media at 3:00 p.m. CT from the TCF Bank Stadium media interview room.