After Smart Says No, Gophers Get Jilted By Hoiberg

Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 6:51 am

After firing Tubby Smith earlier in the week, the University of Minnesota is continuing it’s coaching search for a new face to run the men’s basketball program. We already knew that Shaka Smart wasn’t coming, and now we’ve found out that Fred Hoiberg turned down the Gophers head coaching job as well. Hoiberg has agreed to a 10-year, $20 million extension to stay at Iowa State, 1500ESPN reported on Thursday night.

Jamie Pollard, Iowa State athletic director, confirmed the news on Twitter.

The 40-year old Hoiberg met with University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague and senior associate athletic director Mike Ellis and was told the job was his if he wanted it, according to 1500ESPN. Hoiberg will stay with the Cyclones.

The search will continue, but with each candidate turning down the job, it becomes less desirable. Tubby Smith was fired the day after coaching the program to their first win in the NCAA tournament since 1997.

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