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Kind of a surprise, no?
Have to assume Minnesota had a plan to bring someone else in already if they got rid of Smith at this juncture. The Gophers may have somewhat underperformed, but Smith is a quality coach.
Wow. THAT'S a shocker.
When will Minnesota realize they're Minnesota?
Wow. Very surprising.
Actually, considering Norwood Teague hired Shaka Smart when he was at VCU...and is now at Minnesota...and next year was probably going to be worse...hmmm...
This post was edited by Kenetic 13 months ago
If only B1G teams had as high of standards for their football coaches as they have for basketball...
The problem is if they don't do something they won't even be Minnesota ... they will be NW. It's a rough business, but with the talent Tubby had this year he had no business going 8-10 in the B10.
No way. B10 had a lot of talent this year. MN was lucky to go 8-10. If it was the Big East I could see it. MN is no better than a mid-B10 team. Firing whoever will not solve the problem.
“Those who stay will be champions”
― Bo Schembechler
The B10 will not be getting any easier. Teams like Purdue, Iowa and Nebraska have young talent and all three will be better next year. And PSU and NW were hit with devastating injuries to their best players. Those injured players will be back next year and those teams will be tougher outs as a result. If 8-10 was acceptable for an absolutely loaded Minny team this year, what is going to be acceptable next year? 7-11? 6-12? Worse? Minny had the talent this year to compete with the top teams in the B10. Going 8-10 was a failure.
This post was edited by MrWoodson 13 months ago
As much as this firing may surprise people, I think this is the best move for the Gophers. Minnesota was a good team this year. They cruised through their non-conference season, recorded some big wins in Big Ten play, and won in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. However, they should have been a GREAT team this year. They had an insanely talented group and one of the best frontcourts in the conference and nation. I agree that the Big Ten is good this year, but it's not like Minnesota only lost to the elite teams, they did lose to Northwestern and Nebraska. They were incredibly inconsistent with an experienced team. This is not something that typically happens.
I had previously thought Tubby had done enough to survive another year, but I think the last game sealed his fate for me. Granted, 1 game should never be the "end all be all" of a coach's status, but that game was very unnerving if you wanted to keep supporting Tubby. Florida is a really good team, but Minnesota should have easily been closer in that game. They insisted on running a 2-3 zone that was not working for most of the 1st half and then kept Andre Hollins on the bench when they were leading a massive comeback on the Gators. He was in foul trouble yes, but it was obvious the offense was at a stand-still. In that type of game, you don't keep your star on the bench that long. It was a perfect example of coaching strategy dooming a team.
I do agree that this is a bad decision if Minnesota does not come away with a quality hire, but it was obvious that Tubby had hit his ceiling. The fact that he won a national championship still baffles me. He can get and develop players, but he cannot compete with the best, especially when it comes to in-game strategy and motivating his players, which he even admitted was a problem all year.
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The only way Minnesota is going to succeed is to re-kindle their distant past, rally the well-known alumni, pick the pockets of some wealthy donors, and somehow/someway bring some damn pride back to the Land o Lakes.
It's a forgotten wasteland, if you ask me, but it has a proud history. Somehow they need to connect that past to their future. I don't know how, and frankly don't care, but it's the only way I see Minnesota making an impact in the next couple decades.
This post was edited by Due51 13 months ago
I agree. There are plenty of very good, young coaches out there who might be willing to consider the Minnesota job. Smart. Hoiberg. Cronin. Williams. Also, there are any number of assistant coaches at the college and NBA levels who are worth considering (Duke assistant Chris Collins is interviewing for the NW job as one example). Last year was a very disappointing season for Minnesota, but they had the injury to Mbakwe as an excuse. This year, they have no such excuses. They underperformed given their talent.
Nothing to be baffled about as far as how Tubby won a title... he's at least a competent coach, and inherited the Rick Pitino Empire of Talent at Kentucky, and took advantage. Give him credit because he was the coach of that team, but he definitely needed that base of power to achieve what he did.
“@kmeinke: Holy... RT @NadineBabu My source also tells me that another Coach has already verbally accepted the #Gophers job -> http://bit.ly/10d4O3g”
This is a HORRIBLE decision by Minnesota.
This was a ridiculously tough year to be in the Big 10. And even then, the competed, and competed well.
I have trouble believing anybody else is going to elevate that program much more than they are at...and I think Smith had them on the border of really challenging.
If it is Shaka...fine, but still, I am not convinced that he is really superior to what they had in place.
This post was edited by neoavatara 13 months ago
Are there any NCAA rules about interviewing other coaches while your current coach still holds the position? If this tweet is true, there's no way the Minnesota AD didn't have someone else just waiting in the wings so he could fire Smith.
Meh, coaches do it all the time. If you believe some people in the Michigan camp, Dave Brandon knew he wanted Brady Hoke as his coach BEFORE he was even named AD.
I thought Harbaugh and Miles were the first options, then Hoke??
Here's ESPN's take on it. Covers both sides of the issue.
You forgot Chris Petersen and John Gruden.
Ah ah ah.....don't forget Greg Schiano and Tony Dungy either.
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