The University of Minnesota's $2.5 million buyout of ex-basketball coach Tubby Smith has Winona Representative Gene Pelowski concerned.
Pelowski chairs the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee and not only calls the action obscene...he says it will cause his committee to think twice when the U. seeks state funding for new facilities, if it has that kind of money to buyout a coach. Pelowski says while lawmakers can't control coach's contracts they can tell U regents to take some formal action before a buyout can occur.
Tubby Smith's contract is not the only one the University is paying. The contracts of former basketball coach Dan Munson and former football coach Glen Mason were also bought out and are still being paid off.