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.
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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.

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