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Tubby to Auburn

Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:41 am
Edited on: March 19, 2010 3:41 pm

OK, Minnesota has lost in the NCAA Tournament. Now what?

I reported Thursday night that Auburn is "close" to hiring Tubby Smith as its new basketball coach. That's according to a source close to the situation. Things get a lot easier now that Minnesota's season is over.

It could be nothing, but it is known that the school might be looking for an African-American coach. And Tubby getting back to the SEC would make sense. It's not the pressure cooker of Kentucky. It's a new building and a lot of rebuilding with the Tigers.

Tubby reportedly makes $1.75 million per season at Minny. I'm hearing Auburn would go $2 million per season.

It could get complicated. Tubby's name has come up at Oregon as well. Ducks AD Mike Bellotti announced Friday he was stepping down. Don't know yet who is going to be the interim or who is going to run the search.

The website has jumped in with details saying that Auburn AD Jay Jacobs is "highly interested" in Tubby and that there may be mutual interest.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Auburn

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 3:09 pm

Tubby to Auburn


Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 3:07 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Dobb,  You are an A H

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 3:05 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Thank you!  Six minutes to go and Gophs down by single digits and commentators caring more about "rumor" than bball.  The power of the media!  Would this happen to a Duke, or UNC??  Guessing not!

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:46 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Why is Minnesota always the easy target?  We never hear about this happening to other Big 10 schools with great coaches (Wisconsin, Mich St for example).  Why can't the media and other schools respect that MN deserves a great coach just as much as anybody else?

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:43 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Agreed - not responsible journalism Dodd.

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:19 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Great journalism ya dope.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:17 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Dodd, why not spend your time on Thursday nights at the local Karoke bar doing your James Taylor impersonations instead. 

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:13 pm

Tubby to Auburn

Tubby would be insane to take that job at auburn.  He'd be better off in the WAC than there.  Moving from Minnesota to auburn would be two steps back.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:46 pm

Tubby to Auburn

It is a Big Ten team.  no one really cares..  Think about it..  If Minnesota really mattered, he wouldnt be thinking about leaving to go to a worthless school like Auburn.  

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:31 pm

Tubby to Auburn

@kindghidora---are you kidding me??? during his 10 years at kentucky no other school or program won more games than tubby...that includes the "ever-so-wonderful" kryzewski, or roy williams...NOBODY had more wins during those ten years....he also now has MINNESOTA in the tourney...ya his conf record was a little weak but the big ten had good talent this year and tubby managed to get into the tourny and thats really ALL THAT MATTERS....and dont bring up the whole "he did it with someone elses players" because that may be true for the first season he was at UK but what about the other 9 where he won more games than all other coaches and programs??...hes also done in 3 years at minnesota WAY more than the previous coach did in 8 years

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