December 12, 2007 |
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith finalized a contract yesterday that will pay him $1.75 million annually. The 7-year contract - the largest for a university employee - was signed about 9 months after the former Kentucky coach was hired to rebuild a Gophers program that lost a record 22 games last season. "Certainly, we were happy to finally get everything finalized with our contract as well," Smith said. Smith will get $250,000 in annual deferred retirement payments beginning in 2011.
December 2, 1994 |
The Minnesota Gophers are worn out. Playing five games in seven days will do that to you. But the No. 15 Gophers will finally get a break after pummeling Central Connecticut State, 92-56, last night. They don't play again until Dec. 11, when they face Rhode Island at home. "We have some very, very tired people as far as legs," said Minnesota guard Townsend Orr, who scored 12 points. "We had a 10-hour plane ride on Sunday and haven't had a chance to get much sleep since then.
March 10, 2000 |
Seventeen current and former Minnesota athletes and four faculty members face possible discipline for their involvement in the men's basketball cheating scandal, university provost Robert Bruininks said yesterday. The four-member committee acted after reviewing a 1,000-page investigators' report and 1,500 pages of exhibits released in November. The report found "systematic, widespread academic misconduct" in the program between 1993 and 1998. The committee referred the cases to eight colleges for judicial review.
March 23, 1990 |
Minnesota coach Clem Haskins stood at attention, arms folded, face crunched into a scowl. Though the vastness of the Superdome nearly drowned his deep, booming voice, Haskins kept shouting, "Crash the boards. Crash the boards. Crash the boards. " The message finally reached the Gophers. They crashed the boards. Even in the Superdome, Haskins could hear the sound of bodies meeting. Thud. Then Haskins smiled. "We're going to need a lot of that tomorrow night," he said yesterday.
March 20, 2001 |
Tulsa was glad to have an overtime period to fix a huge potential problem. The visiting Golden Hurricane blew an 18-point lead in the second half, but came back in the extra period, defeating Minnesota, 76-73, last night in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Tulsa (23-11), which reached the final eight in the NCAA Tournament last season, will play Mississippi State in the quarterfinals. Minnesota took a 73-72 lead in overtime on a three-point play by Kerwin Fleming with 1:17 remaining, but Tulsa's David Shelton scored with 11 seconds remaining and Shane Schilling missed Minnesota's final shot with two seconds remaining.
February 28, 2013 |
INDIANA was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball. Trevor Mbakwe put a stop to that. Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help host Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana, 77-73, on Tuesday night, the seventh time the top-ranked team in the Associated Press' poll has lost a game this season. Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten)
March 25, 1989 |
A brick in basketball is the clumsy equivalent of a shank in golf, a blocked punt in football, a popup in baseball. What self-respecting basketball player would relish the nickname "Brick"? Meet Robert Brickey of Duke. Minnesota met Brickey last night and wished it hadn't as the flashy junior scored 21 points, and Duke whipped the Gophers, 87-70, to advance to tomorrow's showdown with Georgetown. Half of Brickey's points came on a variety of thunder dunks, a dramatic variation on the Duke theme of button-down basketball.
October 8, 1998 |
History The teams never played before 1993. Penn State won its first-ever Big Ten game against Minnesota, 38-20. The great 1994 team started its run to the Rose Bowl by crushing the Gophers, 56-3, at the Metrodome. Last year, Penn State lost its No. 1 ranking and began a disastrous second half of the season with a 16-15 win over Minnesota, a result that seemed more like a defeat than a victory. Coaches Joe Paterno is 301-78-3. Minnesota's Glen Mason is 6-10 there and 65-74-1 overall.
February 5, 1994 |
It was an evening to squiggle and squirm for Penn State women's basketball fans in Rec Hall. But when the final horn sounded, the unbeaten and top-ranked Lions were winners once more - this time by 87-77 over Minnesota in a Big Ten conference game. Penn State (17-0 overall, 8-0 in the league) won the same way it turned back Rutgers earlier this season - by being nearly perfect from the foul line down the stretch. The Lions, who led, 70-62, with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left, hit 17 of 20 free throws the rest of the way to beat the Gophers.
March 27, 2013 |
Tubby Smith was hailed as a rescuer when he came to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2007, a championship-certified coach who would restore a once-proud program to respectability. But when new athletic director Norwood Teague saw progress stagnate, he decided it was time for a change. Smith was fired on Monday, one day after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, and brought the first NCAA tournament victory since 1997 when the 11th-seeded Gophers beat UCLA last week.