Kentucky’s Tubby Smith resigns, headed to Minnesota
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Tubby Smith resigned as head men’s
basketball coach of Kentucky and will be named the new head coach at the
University of Minnesota at a 1 p.m. (et) news conference on Friday.
The 55-year-old Smith will replace Jim Molinari, who became the interim head
coach of Minnesota when Dan Monson announced his resignation from the
program on November 30.
Monson was in his eighth season with the Golden Gophers, who were off to a
2-5 start at the time of his resignation.
According to a report in Louisville, Kentucky’s The Courier-Journal, Smith
informed his players at Kentucky on Thursday that his new contract with
Minnesota will pay him $2.5 million per year.
“Tubby has always put a priority on the growth of the student-athlete while
representing the Commonwealth with class, and we thank him for that,” Kentucky
athletic director Mitch Barnhart said. “We wish him the very best at the
University of Minnesota. They are getting a solid coach and a great person.”
Smith has been the head coach at Kentucky for the last 10 seasons, compiling a
record of 263-83. The Wildcats have also advanced to the NCAA Tournament every
year with Smith on the bench and have made it to the Elite Eight four times
during his tenure.
The last two seasons, the Wildcats were bounced from the tournament in the
This past season, Kentucky ended the year with a 22-12 record and lost seven
out of its last 11 games overall. The Wildcats season came to an end with a
loss to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18.
In the 1997-98 season, Smith led the Wildcats to the National Championship in
his first year as head coach.
Smith compiled 100 wins faster than any other coach at Kentucky except for
Hall of Famer Adolph Rupp, reaching the plateau in 130 games.