Minnesota Extends Tubby Smith Through 2016-17 Season

Feb. 28, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Minnesota Gophers head coach Tubby Smith gives directions to his team as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 52-45.Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

On Monday, the University of Minnesota extended the contract of basketball coach Tubby Smith.

On Monday, the University of Minnesota extended head basketball coach Tubby Smith through the 2016-17 season according to an announcement made by the university's athletic director Norwood Teague.

Smith had two years remaining on a seven-year contract that paid him $1.8 million annually. Despite failing to lead the Gophers to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years, the university felt that Smith was deserving of more time with the program.

Via Twin Cities:

"Tubby took over our program at a difficult time and quickly got it headed back in the right direction, both athletically and academically," Teague said in a statement. "Since then, Gopher basketball has continued to make strides under his leadership with four postseason appearances, including last year's exciting run to the NIT title game. I look forward to working with Coach Smith into the future to help lift Gopher basketball to even greater heights."

For more on the University of Minnesota, visit The Daily Gopher.

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