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Minnesota coach Tubby Smith reacts to a foul call during the second half of a third-round game against Florida in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Florida defeated Minnesota 78-64. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota fired Tubby Smith on Monday, cutting ties with the veteran coach one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.

Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a "fresh set of eyes" on the program.

Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, helping to bring the program back to respectability and ramping up expectations for a team hit hard by an academic cheating scandal.

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