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Nov 26th

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By Ryan T. Scott

Everybody has an opinion at the barber shop, so let's see what the crowd at Fades of Gray in Uptown has to say about this: What do you think Tubby Smith and the Gopher Basketball team will accomplish this year?
Everybody has an opinion at the barber shop, so let's see what the crowd at Fades of Gray in Uptown has to say about this:

What do you think Tubby Smith and the Gopher Basketball team will accomplish this year?

Shahir Ahmed
Owner, Scents Paradise


In a word, Resurrection. Tubby provides a great ability to lead, direct and recruit. The bottom line is that he is a proven winner. With Tubby at the helm, we are going to see someone who can galvanize the school, and rally the whole state behind the team.

Keith Dawson
Co-Owner, The Favor Catering


I can only reference what we have already experienced in watching Tubby's career at Kentucky. He basically maintained a consistent dynasty there, which I think should translate over to our Gopher squad. Obviously his first full recruiting class suggests that he has a great chance to accomplish the same things he did in Kentucky.

Troy Shoberg
Personal Trainer, YWCA St. Paul


Not much! They are way too young. If you give them a year or two they could have a chance to build some chemistry together. But of course like all Minnesota sports, they will never win the big one. You can quote me on that! ... (We will buddy. As a matter of fact everybody keep a copy of this.)

Julian Gray
Owner, Fades of Gray – Uptown


I think he will do real well. Tubby brings discipline, defense and a winning system. Everyone should keep in mind that 'it's greater later', so it's only right to give him time to establish the little things that add up to success. The most destructive thing that could happen is that he is not given sufficient time to do that. He is probably the biggest name the school has ever had, so I say we hold on tight and ride the wave. What I do know from his assistants is that he is a man that gives great respect. The U is lucky to get someone like that to lead their program.

As for me (Ryan T.), I was very impressed when I went to watch the recent game against Army. The team had a very professional demeanor. You could clearly tell that the team was coached by someone who stresses defense. Nobody had lazy hands that day. It was all hands in the air for forty minutes.

I would suggest that everyone go check out a game, if for no other reason to see how cool Tubby patrols the sideline. The Barn is a real fun environment, and all the seats are good. I think we should contribute a little more of that "chocolate", that Ray Nagin spoke of, to the crowd U of MN basketball games. There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Orlando.
 

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