Originally written on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 11/19/14

We explored the situation at Minnesota this morning on The B1G Time Podcast, however just hours after recording it's now being reported by CBSSports.com that Tubby Smith is being let go as head coach at the University of Minnesota. This comes off the heels of a season that saw the Gophers make the NCAA tournament and win a game before bowing out to Florida in the 3rd round, 78-64.

Tubby leaves Minnesota with a 124-81 mark overall and a less than stellar 46-62 mark in Big Ten play. However Smith managed to make the NCAA tournament three years, winning just one game overall. 

With the firing one can only expect the Shaka Smart rumors to begin firing on all cylinders and not just because he's a hot name in coaching, but because Norwood Teague - the new AD at Minnesota is the man that hired Smart at VCU in the first place. 

Clearly Teague and Co. in the athletics department think that making the NCAA tournament every other year and winning a game or so during that time isn't good enough for their program and they will be looking to stake their reputations on this next hire. 

Whomever comes to Minnesota will have some rather lofty expectations attached to him, fairly or unfairly and expect the leash to be short to say the least. Said person will also have some interesting pieces to work with in Austin and Andre Hollins, but they must also be able to recruit at a high level at a school that has never been an easy place to get top level "talent" into.

We'll have more on this as the story continues to unfold in the coming hours and days.

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