Sid Hartman blasts Gophers AD Norwood Teague over Tubby Smith firing

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Sid is skeptical that Teague will be able to attract a top coach to the U of M.
Tubby Smith has had no stronger supporter in the Twin Cities news media than the venerable Sid Hartman.

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The day Smith was fired, Hartman wrote a column titled "Firing Tubby Smith would be a big mistake." He expanded on that theme hours later during the news conference where Norwood Teague discussed Tubby's termination.

During one of a couple long-winded questions the 93-year-old Hartman put to Teague, he dissed the new Gophers athletics director as being the latest example of a recurring theme in recent U of M sports history: the hiring of mediocre candidates for high-profile coaching and administrative jobs.

Responding to Teague's stated desire to hire a "terrific coach" who can compete nationally for top high school prospects, Hartman offered up this question (emphasis mine):
What makes you think you can recruit a top guy that you haven't been able to recite a number one guy for years; Jerry Kill was number five on the list, four football coaches turned him down. I don't know what number you were, but I tell you what, this school has not been able to attract top guys. Do you think that you're going to get the guy that UCLA wants or some other top school wants, unless you get your guy from VCU?
To his credit, Teague handled Hartman's awkward question smoothly, saying, "We are going to look for the right fit for the program" and "If we live in the past, we are going to get drug down by the past. We have to look forward."

The next men's basketball coach will be Teague's first high-profile hire, so we'll soon have more to work with in evaluating how much wisdom Hartman's diss contains.

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Tubby did a great job this year, this team OVER ACHIEVED most of year, frontline can't shoot, no guards quick enough to break down defenses and create open looks, Gopher fans are living in fantasy land. Good luck getting new coach after firing a coach who got a mediocre team to second round, no big time coach would touch it with  ten foot pole.

Lauren Clauer
Lauren Clauer

Sid can do away no one cares about him anymore

swmnguy topcommenter

Norwood Teague is only 8 months older than I am.  If he and I were standing next to each other, most people would think he was my Dad.  From certain angles, he's got kind of a Jeffrey Tambor thing going on.  I shouldn't tease him.  Good on him for not doing the dye-job, comb-over or hair-plugs things.

And yes, he didn't have any choice but to fire Tubby.  I like Tubby, but he had to go, without a doubt.  Sid is...well, he's Sid.  I'm glad I didn't run over him last year when he jaywalked right in front of me on Portland right outside the STrib's offices, and I admire a guy who can't even imagine retiring.  But one of the tougher duties of any sports public figure in this town is to not laugh at him.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

As soon as they hire a new coach Sid will start kissing his ass so shut up Sid.  Only an idiot thinks Tubby should have been kept.

John Taylor
John Taylor

Of course he did. If the AD followed Sid's direction Wacker would still be football coach probably. I liked Tubby, but he's had 6 seasons - and this year he had his most talented crew ever and was losing to teams like Nebraska and Northwestern. The Gophs had no business being an 11 seed in the tourney, they should have won 25 games.

Kevin Slator
Kevin Slator

It isn't as if Sid and the Strib couldn't have guessed Tubby would be fire on Monday after the loss to UCLA. I don't think they were being prophetic in running this column, which was a predictable Sid defense of someone he likes.

Ben Witkins
Ben Witkins

My love for Sid Hartman knows no bounds.

Bryan Horwath
Bryan Horwath

Sid, although a legend, hasn't been relevant for years.

Dustin Haning
Dustin Haning

People really think Tubby was a good coach? Did you even watch this team this year?

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