Shocking. But considering all the criticism he's been getting from Kentucky fans and boosters for not winning enough, it's certainly understandable.
(AP)— Kentucky's Tubby Smith will be the University of Minnesota's new basketball coach, a Minnesota school official said Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Minnesota had not yet announced the hire. The Gophers fired coach Dan Monson in November.
Smith met with the Kentucky players earlier Thursday, said basketball spokesman Scott Stricklin.
Stricklin said he didn't know what Smith told the players and had no further comment. The news was first reported by ESPN.com and SI.com.
The Wildcats went 22-12 this season and made it to the NCAA tournament, but lost the first weekend. Kentucky hasn't been to the Final Four since 1998, and the program has lost 10 or more games in a season five times under Smith more than any other coach.