This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Gophers nightly recap: Smart out, Hoiberg out, but search is not dry

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: March 28, 2013 - 10:41 PM

 

 

Two candidates named in two days. Two extensions with the original programs immediately following.

We are three days into the coaching search to replace Tubby Smith and we still have no major news, although there have been two significant letdowns for fans.

Yesterday, we ruled out for good that Shaka Smart – the No. 1 choice for Minnesota – for good after he agreed to an extension at VCU. Today, after a report that athletic director Norwood Teague had offered Fred Hoiberg surfaced, it was squashed a few hours later by the announcement of Hoiberg signing an extension at Iowa State.

To be fair, I never thought the Gophers had a very good chance with either Smart or Hoiberg. Smart has turned down all sorts of schools and money, and Hoiberg – who seems poised to go to the NBA if he wants – is from Ames and is actually called “The Mayor” there. Both seemed pretty happy where they were, and they confirmed that through extensions.

That said, to use a metaphors, there’s nothing wrong with shaking the tree to see if anything falls out. Why not talk to those guys first? Any Gophers fans with feelings of panic – as I am getting in my Twitter interactions – don’t understand the depth of this administration’s network.

It is most certainly not time to be worried.

Here’s a recap of what went on today:

First of all, here’s my story for tomorrow’s paper. While decisions are coming rapidly within the Gophers front office right now, the most meaningful decision might have come a decade ago in a Virginia office.

Also, in case you missed it, today’s aMAILia BAG: the coaching search edition.

  • Texas Tech has reached out to Tubby Smith, ESPN reported. Then Aaron Dickens from RedRaiderSports.com reported that Smith and his wife, Donna, are currently in Lubbock, Texas.
  • I am not doing any Minnesota radio right now due to the nature of the ongoing breaking news story, but I will be on Lubbock radio (1043 KTTU-FM) tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. to talk Team Tubby and the move.
  • What else is going on? Well, reportedly Gophers recruit Alvin Ellis is considering attempting to get out of his letter of intent with the Gophers. Chicago Hoops reported this – and I have not been able to confirm this. According to that article Ellis has not heard from the Gophers since Teague fired Smith. That doesn’t surprise me, however, considering there are no assistants left on the staff, and the administration is in full search mode.
     

 

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Portland 0 Postponed
Brooklyn 0
Sacramento 0 Postponed
New York 0
Philadelphia 74 FINAL
New Orleans 99
Minnesota 78 4th Qtr 2:03
Oklahoma City 89
Orlando 92 4th Qtr 0:33
Memphis 103
Boston 55 3rd Qtr
Utah 31
Denver 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Army 68 FINAL
American Univ 66
Wright State 64 FINAL
Detroit 53
Syracuse 83 FINAL
North Carolina 93
Cleveland State 56 FINAL
Oakland 59
Delaware State 54 FINAL
NC Central 55
High Point 63 FINAL
Presbyterian 54
Howard 45 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 42
Coppin State 84 FINAL
NC A&T 71
Nicholls 51 FINAL
Northwestern St 80
Hampton 56 FINAL
SC State 65
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Campbell 78
MD-Eastern Shore 62 2nd Half 4:32
Florida A&M 60
Stephen F Austin 82 FINAL
Lamar 65
Central Arkansas 67 FINAL
New Orleans 87
Norfolk State 70 FINAL
Savannah State 54
TX A&M-CC 70 FINAL
SE Louisiana 61
Sam Houston St 80 FINAL
Abilene Christian 63
McNeese State 84 FINAL
Incarnate Word 86
Milwaukee 48 FINAL
Valparaiso 73
Alcorn State 44 2nd Half 11:20
Alabama A&M 56
Southern U 42 2nd Half 13:36
Alabama State 41
Prairie View 40 2nd Half 15:00
Ark-Pine Bluff 68
Texas 33 2nd Half 15:37
Iowa State 51
Texas Southern 50 2nd Half 7:03
Miss Valley St 50
Long Island 85 FINAL
Bryant 88
Central Conn St 51 FINAL
St Francis-NY 49
Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Postponed
Sacred Heart 0
St Francis-PA 87 FINAL
Wagner 74
Delaware State 59 FINAL
NC Central 66
Howard 53 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 61
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NC A&T 67
Hampton 88 FINAL
SC State 53
Norfolk State 54 FINAL
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MD-Eastern Shore 54 FINAL
Florida A&M 64
Angelo State 55 FINAL
Abilene Christian 70
Samford 32 FINAL
(25) Chattanooga 49
Prairie View 83 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 66
Alcorn State 58 FINAL
Alabama A&M 55
Southern U 53 FINAL
Alabama State 49
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
Miss Valley St 52
(12) Texas A&M 61 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 79
Robert Morris 68 FINAL
Mount St Marys 44
East Tenn St 72 FINAL
Mercer 70
Wofford 56 FINAL
Furman 58
Morehead St 64 FINAL
Tenn Tech 54
Illinois 57 FINAL
Michigan 70
Quinnipiac 0 Postponed
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Saint Peters 0 Postponed
Rider 0
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Auburn 29
(15) Nebraska 48 2nd Half 9:59
(20) Iowa 41

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