Former Minnesota women’s coach Pam Borton: Tubby Smith learned of firing from ESPN
Former Minnesota women’s basketball coach Pam Borton has a new book coming out, and in it there are some juicy details from her time in the Gophers athletic department.
The Minnesota Star Tribune has some of those details in a preview of the book, which is called “On Point.”
Most notably, Borton goes into detail on the firing of men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith following the 2012-13 season, which she said could have been handled better by then-Athletic Director Norwood Teague.
From the book:
“Tubby’s name was scrolling across ESPN’s sports-ticker at the bottom of the television screen and his phone was ringing off the hook before the athletic director gave him the news. … He was asked to vacate the building that day and his office belongings and boxes would be delivered to his house.”
Smith went 124-81 (.610) with the Gophers and was fired immediately following an NCAA Tournament Round of 32 loss to Florida.
It’s yet another bad look for Teague, who resigned in 2015 following revelations that he sexually assaulted multiple University of Minnesota employees. In her book, Borton delves deeper into events surrounding Teague’s administration.
It should be noted that Borton herself was fired by Teague in March of 2014, following 12 seasons leading the women’s program. She had a 236-152 record and led Minnesota to the Final Four in 2004.