Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA
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Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

Smith returns Texas Tech to NCAA, while Minnesota sits at home in post-season

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith wandered over to the sideline midway through an open team practice Wednesday in preparation for the Red Raiders’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Butler.

He waved to Texas Tech fans and called out it was good to see them. Others that he greeted were old friends from his early days living in North Carolina. Smith played college ball 90 miles southwest of the state’s capital city at High Point University from 1969 to 1973. He also spent two years coaching at Hoke County High in Raeford, 1977 -78 and 1978-79. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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