Minnesota coach working on contract extension

Tubby Smith says he’s staying at Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers coach says he’s working on a contract

extension that will keep him in Minneapolis long-term despite

speculation he could take another job after the season.

Smith made his comments Thursday after Minnesota was eliminated

from the Big Ten tournament with a 75-65 loss to Northwestern. The

Gophers have lost 10 of 11 games and their NCAA tournament hopes

took a big hit with their latest loss.

But after the game, Smith jokingly told reporters the only way

he would leave Minnesota is if the late-season collapse prompted

school officials to take their proposal off the table.

Last year, Smith also denied rumors he was interested in the

Oregon job by saying he was working on an extension.