Kentucky, Smith, Minnesota all winners in move

Updated: March 23, 2007, 3:30 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive spoke for the rest of us when describing his reaction to the news that Tubby Smith was leaving Kentucky for Minnesota.

"I was speechless," Slive said Thursday from the Edward Jones Dome.

On the shock scale, this was a 16-seed over a 1-seed. In a sport where coaches are always craving bigger paychecks and better jobs and more prestige, this was a clear (and voluntary) swan dive down the ranks by Smith. You just don't see coaches ...

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