Gophers men's basketball assistant coach suspended

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The University of Minnesota assistant men's basketball coach has been placed on indefinite unpaid administrative leave Sunday after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, news sources report.

Saul Smith, son of head coach Tubby Smith, was pulled over by police early Saturday morning after leaving a downtown Minneapolis restaurant, CBS reported. The 32-year-old was stopped at 2:20 a.m. on westbound 394 for speeding and driving on the shoulder of the highway, Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol said to the Star Tribune.

He blew a 0.18 on the breathalyzer, more than twice the legal limit. Smith was booked at 3:59 and released about four hours later, according to police reports, the Star Tribune reported.

Smith has been with the team for six seasons, CBS reported. He oversees Minnesota's guard development and ball handling improvement, the Star Tribune reported.

This was Smith's first offense. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3, CBS reported.

"While we do not want to rush to judgment before the legal process proceeds, Coach Tubby Smith and I are taking this matter seriously," Gophers Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said in a statement. "University of Minnesota values dictate that our coaches and staff be positive role models for our student-athletes. As such, we are taking disciplinary measures while the legal system takes it course," Teague said, the Star Tribune reported.

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