Smith leaving Kentucky to coach Minnesota

Updated: March 23, 2007, 4:08 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Tubby Smith, who led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA championship in his first season but spent the next nine years trying to live up to the school's storied reputation, accepted the head coaching job at Minnesota on Thursday.


Smith, who had four years remaining on his contract at Kentucky, will be introduced at a 1 p.m. ET news conference Friday in Minneapolis. Kentucky will still honor the $1.5 million incentive bonus that Smith is due on April 3.

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