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.Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno
Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith’s contract extension is in the “11th hour” said new athletic director Norwood Teague on Monday, his official starting date at the University of Minnesota.
Gophers coach Tubby Smith on Thursday gave the strongest indication yet that Trevor Mbakwe, the Gophers senior who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, will return next season.
Gophers associate men's basketball coach Ron Jirsa, who was scheduled to interview for the head job at Division III Northland College on Wednesday, has withdrawn his name for consideration for the postion, Northland AD Bill Wilson said Thursday morning.
Jirsa, part of a staff that has been together at Minnesota for all five years under Tubby Smith, was one of three candidates for the position. It was not immediately known why he withdrew from consideration.
Smith is slated to meet with members of the media at 2 p.m. this afternoon for a season-ending press conference.
By Amelia Rayno
Ralph Sampson III "tweaked" his knee two days ago, Gophers coach Tubby Smith said on Wednesday, making his status questionable for Thursday's opening round game against Northwestern at the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.
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