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Tubby Smith is the new head coach for the University of Minnesota

The StarTribune reports former Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith will be introduced at noon on Friday as the head coach for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Smith is the 16th coach in school history.

We're extremely excited to bring a coach of Tubby Smith's caliber to the University of Minnesota," Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi said in a press release. "His record on the court speaks for itself, but more importantly, he is an educator of young men and has unquestioned integrity to lead this program to the highest level."

Forbes.com reports at Kentucky during Smith's 10 seasons the Wildcats never missed the NCAA tournament. They also won a national title, five SEC championships and 76 percent of their games.

We all need to be challenged," Smith said. "In the Big Ten, it's as tough as there is for a conference in the country," Smith said. "This will give me a new life, a new start and I'm anxious, eager and excited about it."

http://www.startribune.com/512/story/1074699.html

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/23/ap3545865.html