Minnesota’s Smith will keep job; return soonMinnesota assistant Saul Smith will keep his job and return to the team next month after a drunken-driving arrest that put him on unpaid leave.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota assistant Saul Smith will keep his job and return to the team next month after a drunken-driving arrest that put him on unpaid leave.
Athletic director Norwood Teague said Smith returned to the payroll Friday, but the son of coach Tubby Smith will remain on administrative leave until Nov. 13. That means he will miss two exhibition games and two regular-season games for the Gophers. Smith’s salary is $94,775. According to the university, Smith doesn’t have a contract. He’s an annually renewable professional and administrative employee.
Teague said he didn’t consider firing Smith. He said he felt the punishment was appropriate, considering this was Smith’s first such offense and the 32-year-old agreed to several conditions in response to the fourth-degree driving while intoxicated charge he received last weekend.