Gopher Assistant Coach Put On Leave For DUI

After being charged with a DUI last Saturday, Saul Smith who is the son of Tubby Smith, Minnesota Gophers head coach, was placed on administrative leave indefinitely and without pay. Saul Smith was the assistant coach for the Gophers. Smith was pulled over for speeding on highway 364 and swerving onto the shoulder. Being a first-time offender, the 32-year-old was booked and released within a matter of four hours.

Smith was pulled over after leaving a Minneapolis restaurant in downtown just after 2am on Saturday morning. According to the police report, Smith failed a sobriety test by blowing 0.18, which is over two times the legal limit in the state of Minnesota.

Smith has been an assistant coach for the Minnesota Gophers for nearly six years. His primary duties include supervisory tasks with Minnesota’s guard development as well as improving ball handling. Unfortunately for this Minnesota team, the news came just two days after the probation violation hearing of Trevor Mbakwe, who is an outstanding player for the Gophers. His charge was also a result of a DUI from last July.

Tubby Smith informed the public that Mbakwe was under suspension from participating in any summer functions and the incident would be taken care of internally, even though Mbakwe has been at practice and the team has no expectation of him missing a game. This appears to be good news for Smith. His back-on-the-court fellow player had the same drunk-driving arrest, and has already “served his time” in a matter of months after nearly being booted off the team.

Smith has a scheduled court appearance on December 3rd, 2012. In the mean time, there have been no comments made, as key players are not able to be contacted for comments regarding this issue.