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Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

Updated: March 25, 2013, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

Updates. With AP Photos.

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

AP Basketball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- 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 after it was brought down by scandal.

Smith accomplished much of what he was brought in to do, bringing the Golden Gophers back to the NCAA tournament three times, keeping Minnesota free of NCAA violations for six years ...

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