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Minnesota's coaching search 'officially embarrassing'

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11:11 AM ET 03.31 | The University of Minnesota's search for a men's basketball coach became officially embarrassing when it was learned Saturday, March 30, that Flip Saunders had turned down the job. Saunders is believed to be at least the fourth coach to say no thanks to Gophers athletic administrators Norwood Teague and Mike Ellis since they fired Tubby Smith on Monday. Saunders, the popular former Gophers point guard and 16-year NBA coach who resides in Medina, wasn't saying anything publicly other than he'll always "bleed maroon and gold." But it was clear that Teague and Ellis, who declined to hire a search firm because they reputedly didn't need one, put restrictions on Saunders' hiring that the former Timberwolves coach found unacceptable.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

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March 31, 2013  11:17 AM ET

As lus said, know who you are

March 31, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Tubby done everything he could do in Minnesota with the Gopher basketball team except win the NCAA Championship and that is nothing more than a dream. The administration should fire the AD for getting rid of Tubby.

March 31, 2013  03:03 PM ET

Hey, Minnesota. Try Billy Gillespie, he's currently available!

March 31, 2013  03:16 PM ET

Maybe they should hire Phil Jackson as a consultant for their job search.
I heard he's available.

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April 1, 2013  06:50 AM ET

So Flip Saunders flipped off Minnie.

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April 1, 2013  12:38 PM ET
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Flip got a huge nose.

Flip is a HORRIBLE coach.

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