(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith reacts to a call during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Florida, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Austin, Texas.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has fired Tubby Smith one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.
Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a "fresh set of eyes" on the program.
Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at
Minnesota. He arrived in 2007 from Kentucky, immediately ramping up
expectations for a team that was buried by an academic cheating scandal.
Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just
46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished higher than sixth in the
conference. The Gophers made three NCAA tournament appearances under
Smith. They beat UCLA this year before losing on Sunday.