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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Tubby's agent: Coach "absolutely" will sign extension before next year

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches Updated: March 7, 2011 - 2:13 PM

Gophers coach Tubby Smith has a contract that expires after the 2013-2014 season. And according to his agent, he plans to stay even longer.

Ricky Lefft, a South Carolina attorney who's represented Smith for years, said he expects Smith to sign an extension prior to the 2011-12 season.

"Absolutely," he said when I caught up with him at halftime of the Gophers' 66-63 loss to Penn State Sunday.

The university and Smith first discussed a possible extension last year. Both Smith, who makes $1.8 million per year, and athletic director Joel Maturi said recently that lawyers for both sides were working out the details.

But it's been more than a year since those negotiations started. The delay has fueled speculation about Smith's future.

Lefft, however, said it's just a matter of time before Smith's extension becomes official.

"It’s in the works," he said. 

Prior to our brief chat about the status of Smith's extension, I asked him if his client planned to stay at the University of Minnesota after this season.

"What do you mean by that? Yeah. He’s got a contract," he replied. 





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