AD Norwood Teague on Saul Smith DUI: "We just can't have behavior like that."
October 22, 2012 — 4:45pm
Gophers AD Norwood Teague spoke to reporters Monday about assistant men's basketball coach Saul Smith's DUI arrest over the weekend.
"We just can't have behavior like that," Teague said of the DUI arrest, which according to police came after Smith was pulled over on I-394 early Saturday morning. "It's just not good for anyone, it's embarrassing and I won't tolerate it.
"With a coach doing this, it's disappointing. The timing is one thing. The other thing is it's just not what we want."
Smith is on unpaid leave. Teague said he's not sure whether Smith will remain suspended until his Dec. 3 court date, though he reiterated the suspension is "indefinite." He said the university is still currently evaluating the situation.
"As far as just cause to fire [Saul Smith], we're evaluating everything that's going on now," Teague said. "Being on administrative leave and being unpaid is a pretty good penalty."
Teague said he and head coach Tubby Smith -- Saul's father -- decided they would disperse Saul's responsibilities amongst the staff while he's gone.
Teague said he talked to Saul on Sunday morning about the incident. "I think he was in a little bit of shock," Teague said.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.