Tubby's agent: Coach "absolutely" will sign extension before next year
March 7, 2011 — 2:13pm
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.
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.