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Smith welcomes challenge to make Gophers a winner

Updated: March 24, 2007, 2:13 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Tubby Smith walked to the podium at Williams Arena, hundreds of Golden Gopher fans showered him with chants of "Tubby! Tubby!"

He looked at the adoring faithful of his new school and beamed.

"This is what it's all about," Smith said Friday after being introduced as the new coach at Minnesota. "I feel the love already."

It was quite a change for Smith, dogged by criticism from Kentucky's notoriously demanding "Big Blue Nation." Wildcat ...

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