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Minnesota, Smith Agree on Contract Extension

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the university through the 2016-17 season.

The deal was finalized Monday, more than a year after talks first began between Smith’s agent and school officials.

Entering his sixth season with the Gophers, Smith has yet to win an NCAA tournament game since leaving Kentucky and coming to Minnesota. But the Gophers rallied in March after another below-average performance in Big Ten play to reach the NIT championship game and finish with 23 victories.

Smith originally signed a seven-year deal, so the extension adds three seasons to his contract. Terms weren’t immediately available.

In a statement distributed by the university, Smith said he believes “we can get the job done here.” He is 103-68 with the Gophers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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