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Gophers: Saul Smith Placed On Unpaid Leave After DUI Arrest

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(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota assistant men’s basketball coach and head coach Tubby Smith’s son, Saul Smith, has been placed on indefinite unpaid administrative leave Sunday after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The team said Saul Smith was pulled over early Saturday morning after leaving a downtown Minneapolis restaurant.

“While we do not want to rush to judgment before the legal process proceeds, Coach Tubby Smith and I are taking this matter seriously,” said Gophers Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. “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.”

Smith is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3. He hasn’t had any prior offenses.

Smith has been with the team for six seasons.

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