Coach Watch: Speculation Continues Around Smith; Cavs Can Contact Capel

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

March 30, 2009

Tubby Smith announced publicly that he plans on being in Minnesota for a very long time last week. This past weekend, however, Smith may have opened the door for some more speculation.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune asked Smith if he could say that he was 100 percent confident that he will be at Minnesota next season, for fans that were still a little concerned. Smith responded, "I never say never, but I'm here. I'm happy where we are. 'Cause once you say [never], something happens, then everybody's going to jump on you like you're some demon or something. So I just say, at this time, I'm very happy here." Again, this is from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Published reports also surfaced today that reports Virginia may go as high as 3.2 million dollars per year to get Smith to come to Charlottesville. This according to the Pioneer Press. Smith, however, remains firm in his commitment to Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Jeff Capel's Oklahoma Sooners fell to North Carolina in the South Regional Final, opening the door for Virginia to request contact with Capel if the Cavs so choose. Capel said during his postgame press conference that his name has come up for another job every year since he started coaching, and that he can't control what people write. When asked if he would be at Oklahoma next season, Capel replied, "Sure."

We will keep you updated on any new information that we discover on the coaching search.

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