Minnesota appeals court upholds $1M verdict against U of M, Smith

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a civil verdict against the University of Minnesota and Tubby Smith. The ruling upholds an earlier decision that the school must pay $1 million to Jimmy Williams, who says he quit his job at Oklahoma State to work for Smith -- but was turned away due to alleged recruiting violations.
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The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a civil verdict against the University of Minnesota and Tubby Smith. The ruling upholds an earlier decision that the school must pay $1 million to Jimmy Williams, who says he quit his job at Oklahoma State to work for Smith -- but was turned away due to alleged recruiting violations.

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