Gophers Land New Head Coach

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tubby Smith is leaving the University of Kentucky to become the head basketball coach at Minnesota.

He'll be introduced as the Golden Golphers' 16th coach at a noon news conference tomorrow.

Smith's ten-year reign at Kentucky started with a national championship, but he's come under fire in recent years for not getting the team back to the Final Four since then.

Kentucky finished 22-12 this season and was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the second round. Smith's Wildcats have lost ten or more games five times, more than under any other Kentucky coach.

The pressure is expected to be less at Minnesota, where the team went 9-and-22 this season. Coach Don Monson was forced out seven games into the season after a combined 118-and-106 mark in eight seasons.

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