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Tubby Smith: 'I'm motivated as hell'

Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith says he's "motivated as hell" after finding out he had prostate cancer earlier this year. The cancer was removed, but Smith says he got a wake up call to re-energize and show more appreciation for the job he has.
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Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith says he's "motivated as hell" after finding out he had prostate cancer earlier this year. The cancer was removed, but Smith says he got a wake up call to re-energize and show more appreciation for the job he has.

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