Tubby Smith Cancer-Free After Treatment At Mayo Clinic For Early Stages Of Prostate Cancer

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Tubby Smith Cancer-Free After Treatment At Mayo Clinic For Early Stages Of Prostate Cancer

Tubby Smith is cancer-free, according to a release from the University of Minnesota, after being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

Since a treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., however, the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball coach says he’s healthy and looking forward to next season.

"During my regular physical last spring it was discovered that my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were high. A biopsy was done and it was discovered that I had early stages of prostate cancer. I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed and I am now cancer free and feeling great."

"I want to thank Dr. Gettman and Dr. Litin at the Mayo clinic for everything they have done for me," added Smith. "I am a proponent of regular prostate examines and hope that men, especially African-American men, continue to have regular checkups. Again, I am feeling great and can’t wait for the upcoming season."

While it’s scary that Smith was diagnosed with cancer in the first place, it’s great news that he was able to catch it in time to gain a clean bill of health so soon.

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If Tubby Smith Leaves For Maryland Coaching Vacancy, Flip Saunders Would Need To Give Up $8.6 Million To Replace Him

When Gary Williams retired to open up the Maryland basketball coaching job, Tubby Smith was immediately mentioned as a possible option by the Minnesota media.

While Smith is still an option following Arizona's Sean Miller and Notre Dame's Mike Brey both turning the job down, Pioneer Press writer Charley Waters is already doing the math to see what it would take to make Flip Saunders the next head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

A little birdie says Flip Saunders would have to give up $8.6 million — the final two years of his four-year contract — to leave the Washington Wizards for the Gophers men's basketball coaching job if Tubby Smith were recruited away for the University of Maryland coaching job.

It all still seems like a long shot, but there probably wouldn't be too many big name options available if Smith were to leave at this time of the year, making the Minneosota native Saunders the best (available?) coach on the market.

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