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"I'd like to see something done to help basketball. We've done our part. We need to get that done because there really hasn't been anything done for basketball since I've been here in a major way. ... I think it's just the times. You had the financial economic struggles. But I think the university as well as the economy is starting to move in a different direction."
But he made it clear that he expects the school to make a greater commitment to the program going forward.
"[It's] kind of like the NASCAR. You want to win? You better put some money in there," he said. "You got to [have] the right engine, you got the right people running it, you've got to have the right pit crew. You'd better be changing and looking to evaluate every day. You've got to have that because you're competing. You're competing against everybody else."
"I want to do everything I can to keep Tubby Smith as our basketball coach, and I mean that very, very strongly," [athletic director Joel] Maturi said Wednesday. "But I don't think any of us can give an answer to (the timetable) immediately. It's a challenging fundraising climate, although it's getting better. We need to do a better job of making that happen."
University lawyers and Smith's agent are finalizing a deal to extend the contract past the three remaining years. Smith called it "just a matter of time" before the details can be worked out.
"It's just a matter of making sure this is everything we need," he said. "Not necessarily things we want, but (we need to make sure) things we need in order to be successful are on the table and there's a timetable as far as when we can get it done."