March 23, 2007

Smith news stuns '08 UK targets

Did you hear the news that Tubby Smith is leaving Kentucky to become Minnesota's head coach?

"I don't know, dude," said 2008 Kentucky recruiting target Kenny Frease. "That was pretty sudden."

That question and similar answers buzzed throughout the sports world yesterday. Only the NCAA Tournament and a 60-point performance by Kobe Bryant topped Smith's departure on Sportscenter, and the move left everyone, including recruits, shocked.

"(Smith) told me when I went on my visit if he had another Final Four he would have a lifetime contract," Frease said.

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