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Joe Rexrode @joerexrode
Izzo told of Tubby firing. Buckle up.
"If you're worried about Wolverine fans, just move to Pasadena. You'll never have to deal with 'em."
Izzo on Tubby: "This one hits home a lot harder to me."
Izzo on Tubby. "He did it with class, he did it with integrity, with an incredible amount of respect if you talk to people."
Izzo: "So I'm sad, he's one of the best guys. ... I love the Tubby Smiths of the world, there's not many of them." A bit emotional.
This post was edited by OTPT 13 months ago
Chris Solari @chrissolari Izzo on Tubby Smith being fired. Silent, twisting water bottle lid. "Tubby's a good friend of mine." He's choked up. "Hits me a lil harder."
Izzo closes, with red eyes: "That bothers me, a lot. ... It will be a loss for this league and a loss for CBB if he doesn't stay in it."
If I recall correctly, he never finished higher than 7th in the conference. So not outrageous that he got the axe. His most talented team ever also failed to meet expectations by a longshot.
UCLA, USC, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ball State open. More to come. One wild April on the coaching carousel. Recruits will decommit. Look out.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
Ben Howland to Minny?
He'll be hired somewhere. Probably a mid-major though. He's 61
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Mark Dantonio.
Because Minnesota has higher expectations based on...what..?
Tubby to NW?
Probably better than Mid Major. I don't see any coaching vacancy that he wouldn't be an prime candidate for
Tom Izzo exudes class.
Tubby might not be the greatest coach, but what the hell does MInnesota expect from their program?
I wonder if Minny is gunning for Tyus Jones as a side part of this move.
It's Minnesota. It's been a long time since they were relevant in College BB. You try recruiting urban teens to the great north. He took over a program that was a mess and made it competitive once again. Stupid move by Minnesota.
This is college basketball not the NBA. You really think Some Minnesota boosters/officials are asking Tyus Jones hey come stay home in Minnesota and we will let you pick our next coach. Lol
The question is though whether or not a major program wants to hire him at 61. He's likely only going to be coaching, what, 4-5 more years? Is he someone you think still has the fire to coach into his upper 60s? He did do wonderful things at Kentucky and, by all accounts, not bad at Minnesota (.605 winning percentage) which, let's be honest, at Minnesota isn't too bad.
They had to fire him,
He didn't really put the effort needed into recruiting (unlike Izzo flying up here Saturday). And he didn't develop any of their talent. Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbawke are the same players as when they came to campus. Smart move by MN, be interesting who they get next.
As opposed to the "overachiever" in Madison?
Their final four appearance under Clem that occurred thanks to cheating?
Well, this is a surprising thing to learn at lunch.
Minny had the making of a great team next year. This is a very dumb move by them. No one wants to coach there.
Has to be. Minneapolis has 3 top 40 kids in that class. They must be trying to find someone who can convince those guys to stay home.
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
Kinda like the Glen Mason firing...
Minnesota is good at this type of thing...
that's not why he's called tubby.
at Minny's athletic department. Now they'll suck in both football and basketball.
Who do they think they are????? [toilet]
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by mdm2005 13 months ago
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
Same thought I had when they fired Glen Mason in football.
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