Tubby Smith says freshman guard Joe Coleman could start Sunday's game against Purdue. The Gophers are 0-3 in the Big Ten and in search of a spark. Smith says he will "probably be changing the lineup." He likes Coleman's physical style of play.
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Tubby to make changes to starting lineup
The Gophers starting lineup is probably going to look a little different for Saturday's game at Northwestern. Head coach Tubby Smith told reporters that he isn't sure what he's going to change, but he wants to put a lineup on the floor that will do a better job rebounding.
Tubby Smith: It's 'crunch time'
Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith knows good teams across the country "come up with the wins and big plays" this time of year that are needed to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament. Smith also says he doesn't like being under .500 in the Big Ten -- something he hopes to change Thursday night against Wisconsin.
Tubby Smith tables contract extension discussions
Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi says negotiations will not take place for the University of Minnesota basketball coach until after the season. Tubby Smith also told the Pioneer Press that he has other things on his mind right now. Smith is coaching his fifth season of his original seven-year deal. The Gophers are 12-6, 2-4 in the Big Ten.
Tubby says he's staying with Gophers
Tubby Smith told the Star Tribune on Monday that he has no intentions of leaving the University of Minnesota. The Gophers' basketball coach says he "is not a candidate for any place", but he does take rumors of teams being interested in him as a compliment.
Tubby Smith says status at 'U' won't change with new Athletics Director
Tubby Smith doesn't believe his status with the University of Minnesota will change after a new Athletics Director is hired. Smith says he's "certain" he will be back next season. Smith has two years remaining on his contract.
Tubby Smith won't use Mbakwe's injury as a scapegoat to another rough season
The Gophers have lost five in a row and six of seven in Big Ten play, but head coach Tubby Smith won't be blaming the struggles on the absence of injured star Trevor Mbakwe. Instead, Smith believes his team is struggling psychologically. He says he needs to find a way to boost the players' confidence, and that playing at Wisconsin on Tuesday will be a real test of character.
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