By now you may have digested all of the ins and outs of the firing of University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith and his $2.5 million contract buyout.
MPR News is now trying to gauge your reaction in Today’s Question:
So far, reader John Olson writes:
What infuriates alums like myself is that Norwood Teague gave Tubby a contract extension a year ago with a buyout clause that went from $1.5 million to $2.5 million. There should have never been an extension in the first place. … I won’t be the least bit surprised to see the fallout from this spread over to the State Capitol as budget bills come together.
And yet “reggie” agrees with the decision:
Although winning is the easy metric, making players better — on and off the basketball floor — is what we should expect of a great head coach. Smith has recruited some very talented young men, but individually they don’t get better under his tutelage, and as a team they haven’t consistently played together. Smith deserves credit for cleaning up a mess of a program, but he just isn’t the guy to carry it forward.