Gophers assistant basketball coach Saul Smith on indefinite leave
Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The University of Minnesota has placed assistant coach Saul Smith on indefinite unpaid administrative leave after he was arrested suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A son of head coach Tubby Smith, Saul was arrested early Saturday morning after leaving a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis.
According to Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol, Smith, a first-time offender, was stopped at 2:20 a.m. on westbound 394 for speeding and driving on the shoulder of the highway,
The 32-year-old Smith blew a 0.18 on the breathalyzer, more than twice the legal limit. Smith was booked at 3:59 and released about four hours later, according to police reports.
“While we do not want to rush to judgment before the legal process proceeds, Coach Tubby Smith and I are taking this matter seriously,” Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague said in a statement.
“University of Minnesota values dictate that our coaches and staff be positive role models for our student-athletes. As such, we are taking disciplinary measures while the legal system takes its course,” Teague added.
Heading into his sixth year as an assistant coach after Tubby hired him after taking the Minnesota job, Saul oversees the Gophers’ guard development and ball handling improvement.
The younger Smith is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 3.