Thursday, August 11, 2016

“The leadership style was coldly corporate and people were kept at arm’s-length."

Former U women's basketball coach Pam Borton has a new book coming out in early 2017.  Have a look:

“Tubby’s firing was a lesson in how not to do things,” Borton writes. “There wasn’t a communication plan in place and the conduct of the University was an embarrassment, full of disrespect, and a disgrace to a great man whose character, integrity and professionalism were unassailable.”

She describes the process in which Smith learned of his firing. “Tubby’s name was scrolling across ESPN’s sports-ticker at the bottom of the television screen and his phone was ringing off the hook before the athletic director gave him the news. … He was asked to vacate the building that day and his office belongings and boxes would be delivered to his house.”

There's more from Michael Rand in the Star Tribune.

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