Tubby Smith Fired: Ranking the Best Candidates to Replace Him at Minnesota

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Tubby Smith Fired: Ranking the Best Candidates to Replace Him at Minnesota
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In a move shocking no one, Minnesota fired head coach Tubby Smith following six adequate seasons. In a widely lauded move, Smith was hired in 2007 with the promise of recruiting dollars and new facilities.

Those dollars and new facilities never came as highly touted recruits crossed state lines and the Gophers fluttered around mediocrity while recording just one NCAA tournament win in those six seasons.

Norwood Teague, a fundraising-savvy former VCU athletics director, took over for Joel Maturi last year and again began pumping hope into a tired fanbase, one that hasn't seen an official tourney win since the George H.W Bush administration.

With a bevy of mid-major commodities on the market, Teague is expected to nail his first major hire in maroon and gold after smashing his last hoops hire at VCU in 2009.

He could lure one of these 10 coaches to Minnesota with, finally, a new practice facility and recruiting dollars.

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