Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I was surprised to hear that. I thought he did a pretty good job there considering it was Minnesota and all. What more did they expect from him? What is it about Tubby that folks don't like?
The perception of Smith, fair or not, is that he is the NCAA version of Lenny Wilkens: Classy, plays by the rules, possesses the ability to take a team from "bad" to "good". But cannot take a team from "good" to "great".
His lack of recruiting success within the state of Minnesota, which is actually more talent laden than most realize, and the amount of successful high-profile transfers under his regime - Devoe Joseph, Colt Iverson and Royce White, to name a few - didn't sit well with Gopher fans / boosters.
Nevertheless, as you and others have pointed out, it is Minnesota. It will require a Herculean effort for Minnesota to become a year-in / year - out B1G powerhouse.
Remember when Glen Mason's Gopher Football teams finished with winning records - many times 8-3 or 7-4 - and that wasn't good enough?
His replacement, Tim Brewster, was a disaster. It is not at all unlikely that the same fate may befall the Gopher hoops program, unless a home run hire emerges.
Good luck with that.