Tubby Smith denies Auburn Rumors

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tubby Smith says a report that he is close to
taking over at Auburn is "just talk," and he's looking forward to
returning to Minnesota.

Citing unidentified sources, CBSSports.com reported Friday that
Auburn is "close" to hiring Smith. Auburn fired Jeff Lebo a week
ago after his fourth losing season in six years. Smith is
well-known in the SEC, having won a national title at Kentucky and
also coached at Georgia.

Smith brushed off the rumors after Minnesota's 65-54 loss to
Xavier in the first round of the NCAA tournament, saying he's happy
with the progress the Golden Gophers have made in his three
seasons. Asked if he's been offered a job by any other school,
Smith said, "No. No, I haven't."


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