Smith denies report he's about to be hired by Auburn

Tubby Smith
Tubby Smith

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tubby Smith says a report that he is close to taking over at Auburn is "just talk," and he's looking forward to returning to Minnesota.

"We're very pleased with what we accomplished here," Smith said. "Pleased with where we are with the program...looking forward to coming back to Minnesota

Citing unidentified sources, reported Friday that Auburn is "close" to hiring Smith. Auburn fired Jeff Lebo a week ago after his fourth losing season in six years. Smith is well-known in the SEC, having won a national title at Kentucky and also coached at Georgia.

Smith brushed off the rumors after Minnesota's 65-54 loss to Xavier in the first round of the NCAA tournament, saying he's happy with the progress the Golden Gophers have made in his three seasons. Asked if he's been offered a job by any other school, Smith said, "No. No, I haven't."

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