Teague: Tubby Smith contract 'in 11th hour'

On his first day on the job, new Gophers' athletics director Norwood Teague says the contract extension for basketball coach Tubby Smith is in "the 11th hour." Teague tells the Pioneer Press there are issues holding up the deal, but gave no specifics.
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On his first day on the job, new Gophers' athletics director Norwood Teague says the contract extension for basketball coach Tubby Smith is in "the 11th hour." Teague tells reporters there are issues holding up the deal, but gave no specifics.

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