KFAN: Sources confirm Saunders is Gophers' No. 1 coaching candidate


KFAN Radio is reporting that sources have confirmed Flip Saunders is the University of Minnesota's top choice to replace Tubby Smith as men's basketball coach.

Earlier Friday, KFAN host Dan "The Common Man" Cole tweeted that the deal is all but done:

In an interview with KFAN's Dan Barreiro, Saunders said he's still an NBA analyst and "ex-coach." But according to KFAN.com, U of M athletics director Norwood Teague is in Indianapolis with Saunders at the Sweet 16. Saunders is there to watch his friend Tom Izzo coach the Michigan State Spartans against Duke.

Earlier this week, Shaka Smart, who was also reportedly on the U's short list, signed an extension with VCU.

Last night, Fred Hoiberg, who was reportedly offered the Gopher post, signed an extension with Iowa State.

And, of course, that led to some snarky comments in the Twitterverse:

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