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U of M coach Tubby Smith fired

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Minnesota has fired Tubby Smith one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.

The University of Minnesota Athletic Department officially announced the decision this afternoon. The U of M Athletic Department says that a national search for the men's head basketball coach is ongoing.

Smith spent six seasons with the Gophers, helping to bring the program back to respectability. He arrived in 2007 from Kentucky, immediately ramping up expectations for a team that had been buried by an academic cheating scandal.

Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just 46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished higher than sixth in the conference. The Gophers made three NCAA tournament appearances under Smith. They beat UCLA this year before losing on Sunday.

Coach Smith finished his career with the Gophers at 124-81

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