Tag Archives: Tubby Smith
Posted on 24. Apr, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Okay, so I usually do a season-ending recap soon after the final game of the season when the misery/optimism/exhaling is extremely fresh. It provides the best foundation to really review the season, scrutinize what went wrong, praise what went right and dream of the following year when everything will be better … or something. This […]
Posted on 01. Apr, 2013 by JF.
Welcome to the half-way point of the great Golden Gopher Basketball coaching search. No, really, we are only halfway there. If a coach was somehow hired by midnight, it would be the quickest hire in the Big Ten since 2010, by a whole four days. While the rest of the world waits with baited breath for the next coach to be named, it seems prudent to pause for a moment and explore what type of coach will be available and what type of coach can be successful. This is what Norwood Teague is looking at right now. As should now be obvious, he is finding a winner than appeasing fans, the media, or anyone else. Today, we will at career archetypes, and their likelihood of success.
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
We’re in the middle of perhaps the most exciting time in recent Gopher hoops memory, and nothing gets the blood pumping like a good, ol’ fashioned coaching search. And while rumors will swirl, flights will be tracked, and TMZ will seem tame, I think it’s important to take a minute to revisit the highs and […]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by JF.
Lost in the flurry of rumors and innuendo during the search to replace Tubby Smith is that the Golden Gophers basketball team is also awaiting news about who will coach them next. Damian Johnson, former Golden Gophers forward, was a redshirt freshman when Dan Monson was fired and Tubby Smith was hired. He kindly agreed to answer a few questions about what a coaching search is like for players, and how it affects them.
Posted on 25. Mar, 2013 by JF.
The end came for Tubby Smith today, but I can’t help but think of the beginning, that glorious spring morning when we all learned that a national championship winning coach, the coach that knocked the infamous 1997 team out of the Final Four, was riding in on a Lear Jet to save the program, create a national brand, and win a Big Ten Title. At least that is how it was supposed to work. Tubby Smith won that first press conference. As the years went on, he didn’t win enough press conferences or enough games. Either type of wins would have bought him a few more years, but those never came.
Posted on 23. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
I was excited for Friday’s game against UCLA for plenty of reasons. Of course, it was the fact that the Gophers were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. They were playing on college basketball’s biggest stage with a chance to redeem a season that fell well short of expectations once […]
Posted on 21. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Maybe it isn’t where we thought we’d be after topping out at 8th in nation. Maybe it wasn’t where we thought we’d be in Tubby Smith’s sixth season at the helm. While it was another disappointing season in Gopher Land the important thing to remember now is that none of that matters; at least for […]
Posted on 12. Mar, 2013 by JF.
If the Minnesota Golden Gophers are in the market for a new head coach,there will be no shortage of valuable candidates. Earlier this week we looked at potential coaches with local ties. Just like there is an unfounded assumption that the next head coach of the Gophers has local ties, there is an assumption that the next coach is currently a head coach. We’ll look at those candidates later. For now, we’ll look at current assistant coaches from around the country who could on day coach the Gophers.
Posted on 10. Mar, 2013 by JF.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers ended their Big Ten campaign with another strange blow-out loss to Purdue. They’ll be the #9 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will play Illiniois for the third time this season at 11 am central time on Thursday. Very few people will see that game. If they lose, and let’s be honest they probably will, they’ll be in good shape to lose an opening round game in the NCAA tournament, which will be unwatchable.
For whatever reason, there is an assumption that the next Gopher coach will have some sort of local connection. We love our local connections, as any viewer of the local nightly news can tell you. No matter the national or international story, you’ll know how it allegedly affects you, no matter how obscurely. Why would a hypothetical coaching search be in different? When discussing candidates with local ties, it is important to acknowledge the general lack of success of Minnesota basketball teams, and ask why local connections are really a good thing.
Posted on 03. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Fresh off a thrilling, court-storm-inducing victory over Indiana, the Gophers kept up the intensity and cemented their status as a tournament team with a 29-point drubbing of Penn State. On a day where Tubby started all seniors on Senior Day, Minnesota dismantled the Nittany Lions in all aspects of the game. With a significant size, […]
Posted on 18. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Call it the straw that broke the camel’s back, call it the last straw, use whatever euphemism you’d like but Sunday’s thrashing at Iowa finally did it for me and Tubby Smith. For the first time in his six-year tenure as the head coach at Minnesota I think it’s time for the Gophers to consider […]
Posted on 16. Feb, 2013 by JF.
If you are interested in a more formal preview of Sunday’s game between the Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, you should read our preview from two weeks ago. The information is still valid, and rehashing it all would be boring. So instead, here are a few thoughts. I’ve often discussed the life, death, and […]
Posted on 12. Feb, 2013 by JF.
No one wants a team to reach the point when a coaching change is a germane topic of conversation, but ignoring reality isn’t very flattering. Depending on how the rest of the season plays out, discussion of the future of the program will continue. If this conversation must be had, at the very least, it must be had in a thoughtful way. If you choose to take to Twitter, the watercooler, or god forbid the comment section of a newspaper website, please consider the following unsolicited advice.