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Tubby Smith winning awards as the Gophers spiral out of control

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It's been three years since Tubby Smith was let go by the University of Minnesota. In those three years he's done a pretty good job rebuilding a Texas Tech basketball program that's on the brink of ending a decade-long NCAA Tournament drought.

Tubby was good enough this season to garner the Sporting news National Coach of the Year award.

Sporting News says:

"Three seasons later, Smith has Texas Tech on the brink of an NCAA Tournament bid, what would be the school’s first in nearly a decade and the only 15th in its history. Five years after Billy Gillispie’s one disastrous season resulted in a single conference victory, the Red Raiders went 19-11 overall, 9-9 in the Big 12 and defeated three consecutive ranked opponents in mid-February. They lost seven of their eight games in one January stretch but recovered to win five in a row."

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Smith told Sporting News that he loved his time in Minnesota; so much so that his staff at Tech Tech still includes Vince Taylor, who had worked for him at the U of M and his former Gophers director of operations Joe Esposito.

The award from Sporting News falls on the heels of Smith being named the Big 12 coach of the year.

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Meanwhile, the Gophers are in search of a new athletics director since Norwood Teague's ugly dismissal and the men's basketball team is about to enter the Big Ten Tournament with just 2 conference wins and 5 players that have either been suspended or kicked off the team this season.

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