What the U will do now with the Tubby Smith hiring case

Having been ordered by a state appeals court last month to pay $1 million to former Oklahoma State assistant coach Jimmy Williams over his botched hiring by Tubby Smith, the University of Minnesota has decided to take the case all the way to the top.

General Counsel Mark Rotenberg writes today in an e-mailed announcement:

"University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and the Board of Regents have decided that the lower court's decision in Jimmy Williams' lawsuit against Coach Tubby Smith and the university should be appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The $1 million judgment against Coach Smith and the university, if allowed to stand, has the potential to harm the university now and in the future.

I plan to file the appropriate papers with the Supreme Court in the next several days."

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