Tubby Smith says he's cancer free

Updated: May 12, 2011, 7:51 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota coach Tubby Smith says he's "feeling great" and free of prostate cancer after dealing with the disease for the past year.

Tubby Smith
Smith

The university issued a statement from Smith on Wednesday. The 59-year-old had not previously revealed his condition.

Smith says he had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on April 21 to contain and remove the cancer. He says a routine physical and subsequent biopsy last spring showed an early stage of prostate cancer.

Smith says he's thankful to his doctors at the clinic and that he "can't wait" for next season.

Smith's fourth year with the Gophers was his most disappointing, stopping his streak of 17 straight 20-win seasons.


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