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Gopher Head Coach Candidate: Flip Saunders

One intriguing candidate for the Gophers head coaching vacancy is former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. One of the factors working against Saunders is his lack of coaching experience at the college level, but here are the other factors he brings to the table:

Coaching Experience-

  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 1995-2005
  • Detroit Pistons: 2005-2008
  • Washington Wizards 2009-2012
  • Career record: 638–526, 47-51 playoff record
  • 4 first place finishes (2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)
  • Reached the NBA Conference Finals 4 times (2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)

Pros brought to table-

  • Saunders is a Gopher alum and would appeal to fans and other alumni.
  • Saunders can appeal to recruits due to his NBA coaching experience
  • Saunders knows the area, has cur
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Gopher Head Coach Candidate: Shaka Smart

 

One of the names most associated with the Minnesota Gopher basketball head coach vacancy is that of Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart. Gopher athletic director Norwood Teague was the athletic director at VCU before coming to Minnesota, so the ties Teague has to Smart would make him a natural fit in Minnesota. In

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Gophers Need to Be Sure Shaka is the Right Guy

The dust is settling after Tubby Smith was fired as the head basketball coach at the University of Minnesota on Monday. Athletic Director Norwood Teague will conduct the search to find a replacement.

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Tubby Smith Reportedly Out As Gophers Coach

According to CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman, Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith has been fired Monday afternoon.

Smith leaves the Gophers with a record of 124-81 overall and 46-62 in Big Ten play

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Florida Ends Gophers NCAA Tourney Run Sunday Night

The Gophers fell into too big of a hole on Sunday night against Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

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Cal, Bucknell, South Dakota State, Gophers Could Be Double-Digit Winners

The NCAA men's basketball tournament starts 2nd round games Thursday across the country. This is the real beginning of the tournament. I, like many don't count the play-ins games.

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Gophers Lose To Illinois In Big Ten Tourney Opener

The Gophers staged a spirited comeback in the second half but came up a bucket short in a loss to Illinois at United Center in Chicago.

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Will Gonzaga Win the NCAA Tournament? — Sports Survey of the Day

March Madness is nearly upon us, and as we approach the tournament the Gonzaga Bulldogs are ranked number one in the country. But can they win it all?

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Gophers Fall Flat In Nebraska

The Gopher men's basketball team turned in another head-scratching performance Wednesday night at Nebraska. 

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Gophers’ Mbakwe Gets Big Ten Honor; Gophers Not Ranked

Gopher senior forward/center Trevor Mbakwe has been named the Big Ten player of the week for leading the Gophers to wins over #1 Indiana and last place Penn State. Mbakwe posted double-doubles in both Gopher wins including a season high 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Indiana.

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