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Tubby says he is now cancer free

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota coach Tubby Smith says he's "feeling great" and free of prostate cancer after dealing with the disease for the past year.

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The university issued a statement from Smith on Wednesday. The 59-year-old had not previously revealed his condition.

Smith says he had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on April 21 to contain and remove the cancer. He says a routine physical and subsequent biopsy last spring showed an early stage of prostate cancer.

Smith says he's thankful to his doctors at the clinic and that he "can't wait" for next season.

Smith's fourth year with the Gophers was his most disappointing, stopping his streak of 17 straight 20-win seasons.

But the team will return several top players, including forward Trevor Mbakwe and center Ralph Sampson III, both who considered at entering the NBA draft after this past season.

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