08:19 AM ET 03.26 | Though Norwood Teague could have saved millions by relieving Tubby Smith of his duties a year earlier, he's at some peace with the decision. "Any time you spend money for buyouts it bothers me, as well, just like it bothers citizens of Minnesota," Teague said [Monday]. ... Coaches at the top of the search list would include Shaka Smart and Anthony Grant -- both of whom worked for Teague at VCU. Smart is still the coach at VCU, while Grant is the head coach now at Alabama. Brad Stevens, who took Butler to back-to-back NCAA title games, also has a good relationship with Teague. Buzz Williams (Marquette), Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State) and Jay Wright (Villanova) are other names to watch. Former Wolves coach Flip Saunders, a U of M alum, would also be a candidate.