Today, the University of Minnesota fired its head basketball coach, Tubby Smith. Smith served as the coach of the Gophers for six seasons, a time over which he won 60 percent of his games, never had a losing record, won 20 or more games five times, made three NCAA tournaments, and had the Gophers ranked in the AP poll in four separate seasons.
I say this as an alumnus of the University of Minnesota; this is just crazy.
It seems that coaches are fired so easily these days. Fan bases grow used to a certain level of success, and then when things stop improving they are ready to move on. Increasingly, athletic directors are deciding to move along as well.