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OT: Tubby out at Minnesota

  • Posters on gopherhole.com seem to think it's going to be Shaka Smart. They've even got the, "My friend just texted me and said he thinks he saw Shaka at the airport."

    If it does end up to be true that would be a huge hire for them.

  • gotta admit, if they hire Shaka Smart I'm going to be a little nervous

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  • I couldn't agree more. Tubby is an excellent coach who has run a clean program everywhere he has been; he recruits good kids, and is a wonderful human being. Some people on this site were wishing for him to be fired at Minn. and I couldn't understand how they could be so mean-spirited toward a man of his moral standards. See article below:

    http://www.ncaafanzone.com/threads/16528/

    Just in case the link doesn't work:

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    Smith has become almost as synonymous with charitable work as with winning basketball. The Tubby Smith Foundation has donated more than $2.3 million to more than 100 organizations over the past nine years. A part of the foundation, with the help of Dell, as taught more than 600 kids in Lexington, Ky., how to dismantle and assemble computers they get to take home once they have completed a 40-hour course.

    "These are kids from homes where they probably did not have a computer in the home," said P.G. Peeples, head of Lexington's Urban League. "That helps bridge that digital divide between the haves and have-nots regarding technology."

    Smith said he wants to bring some of the same programs to his new home here.

    "And people will want to be a part of our foundation and share with others and close the gap between the haves and have-nots," he said. "And close the gap between races ... I think in sports you can't find a better venue or a better platform to get that done, to bring so many people together. Now that's a unique thing about sports."

    Smith's family members -- wife, Donna, and three sons, G.G., Saul and Brian -- say he practices what he preaches.

    Saul, an assistant coach with the Gophers, and Brian, a guard at Mississippi, asked their father to join them in a shootaround at Williams Arena over the summer. When Tubby Smith was more than 30 minutes late, Donna Smith walked in and told her sons that their father needed help. The coach had stopped to help a university employee change her tire.

    "That's the kind of guy he is," Saul said. "That's the way he was raised, to help people."