Hartman: Gophers AD happy about NCAA tournament trip, mum on Tubby

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Norwood Teague said Tubby Smith’s performance will be evaluated at the end of the basketball season.

hide

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Illinois Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Chicago.

Photo: Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

While Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague wouldn’t definitely state that Tubby Smith will be back next year as Gophers men’s basketball coach, he did indicate he’s happy with Smith’s ability to take the team to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.

“I evaluate coaches at the end of the year. I don’t during the year publicly,” Teague said. “He has got us to the NCAA tournament, so we’re looking forward to going with him and the team down there [to Austin, Texas]. It’s going to be a great opportunity to play UCLA Friday night.

“I don’t comment on anything during the year, as far as status of coaches. I don’t think it’s fair to them, whether they’re 12-0 or 0-12, to use a football reference. We’ll evaluate at the end of the year. I always say that. I always stick to that, I think that’s the way to do it. But going to the NCAA is a good accomplishment, and I’m proud that we’re going.”

Teague also said he’s looking forward to playing a traditional powerhouse in the Bruins, and while oddsmakers have the Gophers as a three-point favorite, he said the Pac-12 regular-season champions will still pose a real challenge.

If you want my opinion, there shouldn’t be any doubt about Smith coming back next season.

And certainly if the Gophers can beat UCLA and make it to the round of 32, something they haven’t officially done since 1990, there won’t be any question about whether Smith comes back.

But win or lose, Tubby should be the Gophers coach next season. And if he is dismissed, I assure you he will have a job at a top school in a hurry, just like he could have had last season when he turned down three major-school jobs to stay with the Gophers.

UCLA coach in trouble

The Los Angeles Times had two reports in the past week on the uncertain future of Bruins coach Ben Howland.

Howland has been at UCLA for 10 seasons, and has taken his squad to the Final Four three times while posting a 233-106 record at the school. But the Bruins didn’t make the tournament in two of the previous three season and the Times reported that ticket sales have slumped, with only five games of crowds over 10,000 this season at Pauley Pavilion.

During the course of the season, athletic director Dan Guerrero made few comments about Howland’s future but did say that, because the Bruins had the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation even though they were coming off NCAA probation, “there were high expectations when the season began. Those expectations remain high.”

When asked about his future this week, Howland said, “Contact Dan. I am not going to make any comment.” Later, he added: “As I have said before, I’m just focused on coaching my team, focused on trying to help them be the very best they can be. I can’t respond to reports like that.”

Lots of success at WBC

Former Twin and current TV commentator Bert Blyleven was the pitching coach for the Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic. He should get a lot of credit for the success of the squad, which made it to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Dominican Republic 4-1. The team posted a 5.49 team ERA, but eight of the 13 pitchers had a sub-3.40 ERA.

Current Twins had similar success as Joe Mauer finished with the second-highest batting average for Team USA in the WBC, hitting .429 in six games with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and four runs scored. He also had the highest on-base percentage, .538, after drawing five walks.

Justin Morneau had the second-highest average for Team Canada, hitting .636 with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored in three games. Glen Perkins posted a 9.00 ERA in two innings for the U.S., giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two and walking two.

Jottings

• Twins General Manager Terry Ryan on Aaron Hicks’ bid to be the starting center fielder: “These next two weeks are very important for a guy like Hicks, because he’ll start seeing the one and two and three starters in any rotation. And he’ll also see some of the better bullpen people step in there in meaningful situations. And every at-bat and every game for a guy like Hicks, as we approach the April 1 opener, it’s important to see how he reacts and responds to that type of competition. All that’s gone on so far, it’s been fine and good, but it’s not as important as what’s going to go on here in the next 14 days or so.”

• Colton Iverson, the former Gophers forward/center who has led Colorado State to a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament while averaging 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, was quoted in the Denver Post about his departure from the Gophers: “We [he and his family] just thought it was best that if I left and it turned out to be a happy move for me. Now I play with a chip on my shoulder because I thought I had more to prove. I think I have done a good job of proving that. But at the same time, there’s no hard feelings. If I didn’t transfer, I wouldn’t be getting the looks and the opportunities I will be getting after this season.”

• Gavin Schilling, the highly regarded 6-9 forward from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., who was a top recruiting target of the Gophers, announced Wednesday he is going to Michigan State.

• There are rumors that former Wild star Marian Gaborik, now with the New York Rangers, is on the trading block. Maybe a return to Xcel Energy Center would rejuvenate Gaborik, if the Rangers would pick up some of his big contract.

• Former Twin Michael Cuddyer is hitting .333 [13-for-39] over 13 games in his second spring training with the Rockies. Cuddyer has three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. … Jason Kubel is hitting .200 [6-for-30] over 13 games in his second spring training with the Diamondbacks. Kubel has one home run and three RBI.

• Golden Valley native and former Gophers star Jordan Leopold already has reached a few career milestones this season for the Sabres, playing in his 600th game earlier this year, and picking up his 200th assist in a 3-2 victory over Montreal on Tuesday.

• University of Tennessee coach Butch Jones will headline the state high school football coaches clinic April 4 at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park.

• Gophers hockey recruits Taylor Cammarata and Justin Kloos, both playing for Waterloo of the USHL, are the top two scorers in the league. Cammarata has 33 goals and 44 assists in 49 games, while Kloos has 24 goals and 48 assists in 44 games.

• The Vikings apparently didn’t try to re-sign reserve offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, who signed as a free agent with the Chiefs.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - M. Bumgarner 7:07 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Carolina 6:00 PM
Columbus
Pittsburgh 6:30 PM
Detroit
Montreal 7:30 PM
Chicago
Arizona 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pm30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 am
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Gophers do against Michigan?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close