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Tubby says he's not retiring

As he heads into the NIT tournament with a game against LaSalle, Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith, 61, tells the Pioneer Press he has no plans to retire.
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As he heads into the NIT tournament with a game against LaSalle, Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith, 61, tells the Pioneer Press he has no plans to retire.

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