Never saying never is convenient for Tubby

On Saturday morning, Joel Maturi worked in his office, a typical weekend shift for Minnesota’s athletic director.

In recent weeks, he’s spent some of those extra hours wondering whether his men’s basketball coach, Tubby Smith, will be on the sidelines for the team in the coming years. Last weekend, Smith called in to a local radio show to say that he plans to stay with the Gophers for “a long time,” as rumors persisted that Virginia wanted Smith to fill its coaching vacancy.