Dec 04, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith claps during the first half against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Williams Arena. The Gophers defeated the Jackrabbits 88-64. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Tubby Smith Fired By Minnesota

Less than 24 hours after the Minnesota Golden Gophers were ousted from the 2013 NCAA Tournament by the No. 3 seed Florida Gators, the university has decided to oust Tubby Smith as head basketball coach despite winning his first game as the school’s head coach.

Per CBS Sports:

Smith, who has spent the past six seasons with the Gophers, was fired on Monday afternoon, sources told CBSSports.com. His tenure ends with a 124-81 overall mark and a 46-62 record in Big Ten play.

Smith, 61, won his first NCAA tournament game at the school this past week against UCLA, but new athletic director Norwood Teague — who along with associate AD Mike Ellis was responsible for hiring Shaka Smart at his last stop — decided to go in a different direction and buy out the remaining years of his contract.

It would be a surprise if the Golden Gophers did not make a run at VCU head coach Shaka Smart, but it is hard to imagine a scenario where Smart would be tempted to leave his cozy job with the Rams.

Minnesota must have a store in place and they will need to make sure they land a top candidate if they want to make fans feel comfortable about the Smith firing.

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