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Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

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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.

In a statement, Smith thanked the U for giving him the opportunity to lead the Gophers for six years.

"Our staff did things the right way and will leave knowing that the program is in far better shape than when we arrived," Smith wrote.

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