It has been a busy offseason for the Golden Gopher basketball program. Basketball coaches were allowed to work with their players, multiple Gophers continued to rehab injuries, and Minnesota signed head coach Tubby Smith to a contract extension.
Director of athletics Norwood Teague announced on July 23 that Smith had agreed to an extension through the 2016-17 season. The coach felt that it was important for everyone to know that he would be around for longer than the two years left on his contract before this extension.
"It's one less thing that opponents can use against you in recruiting," Smith said.
During this upcoming season, Smith and the Gophers will look to build off a strong finish to the 2011-12 season. Minnesota's young players gained experience and confidence during a run to the NIT championship game, and injured players Trevor Mbakwe and Maurice Walker will return to the court this year.
Last season, Smith became the eighth man to reach 100 victories as the Gophers' head coach. His record entering this fall is 103-68. He led the Gophers to NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2010.