Smith, who has spent the past six seasons with the Gophers, was fired on Monday afternoon, sources told CBSSports.com. His tenure ends with a 124-81 overall mark and a 46-62 record in Big Ten play.
Smith, 61, won his first NCAA tournament game at the school this past week against UCLA, but new athletic director Norwood Teague — who along with associate AD Mike Ellis was responsible for hiring Shaka Smart at his last stop — decided to go in a different direction and buy out the remaining years of his contract.
Smith made the NCAA tournament in three of his six seasons at Minnesota and was knocked out in the first round in both 2009 and 2010. The team started off 15-1 this season, but lost 12 of its last 18 games and barely made the NCAA tournament as an 11-seed. Smith arrived in 2007 from Kentucky, where the fan base grew frustrated in the latter years of his tenure due to early exits and a lack of success on the recruiting trail. Smith won the national title in 1998 — his first season as a head coach in Lexington.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a concussion last night playing the Houston Rockets. The injury created quite a scare for MKG as he lay unconscious for several minutes after being hit in the back of the head from a inadvertent knee from a a teammate . The good news is that MKG was reporting smiling and moving his arms while being taken out via stretcher. Also, his Mom tweeted out the following “Thank you for your prayer. (Kidd-Gilchrist) will be OK”
“It all happened so fast, I couldn’t tell what happened,” said Taylor after the Bobcats’ 109-95 loss at Toyota Center.
Based on replay, it appeared Kidd-Gilchrist’s head collided with Taylor’s hip or knee. As Coach Mike Dunlap described, the two rookies “tangled up, kind of up in each other” after Kidd-Gilchrist’s attempt to block a drive by Houston’s Toney Douglas.
Taylor stayed with Kidd-Gilchrist throughout the examination by medical personnel from both teams. Taylor said he was trying to console Kidd-Gilchrist as Kidd-Gilchrist talked to the medical staff.
“I was down there by his side, telling him it would be all right,” said Taylor, drafted in the second round by the Bobcats in June. “Everybody was just trying to calm him. Obviously it was a scary situation.”
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/02/2501025/kidd-gilchrist-taken-to-hospital.html#storylink=cpy
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After reading Adam Zagoria’s blog, it’s evident that Aaron and Andrew Harrison will ultimately decide on Kentucky as their college destination if two things don’t happen first; no one else commits before they do and their father doesn’t steer them to Maryland. To read the complete article click here.
Andrew Wiggins is only weeks away from announcing his decision to reclassify to the 2013 class or not. Adam Zagoria spoke to Wiggins’ coach Rob Fulford who believes his decision is very soon.
“I think his parents are going to try and come down in the next couple weeks and they have to make that decision,” Huntington (West Va.) coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv Tuesday, one day after Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua watched Wiggins in an open gym at the school.”