MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota coach Tubby Smith says he expects
to be back at Minnesota next season.
Several reports on Monday said Smith was close to replacing John
Pelfrey at Arkansas. Smith appeared on his weekly radio show on
WCCO-AM Monday night and was asked if he expected to return.
Smith said, "Yes I do."
The coach said he is continuing to work on a two-year extension
with athletic director Joel Maturi. Smith has wanted a new practice
facility ever since he arrived in 2007, but the school has not been
able to raise the necessary funds to make that happen yet.
Smith just wrapped up a disappointing fourth season in
Minnesota. The Gophers lost 10 of their last 11 games and did not
receive a bid to the NCAA or NIT tournaments.