Tubby Smith has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but recently underwent treatment and says he is now "cancer-free and feeling great." Smith's statement:
Amid speculation I want to make it aware that I did in fact undergo a procedure on April 21 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. During my regular physical last spring it was discovered that my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were high. A biopsy was done and it was discovered that I had early stages of prostate cancer. I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed and I am now cancer free and feeling great.
I want to thank Dr. Gettman and Dr. Litin at the Mayo clinic for everything they have done for me. I am a proponent of regular prostate examines and hope that men, especially African-American men, continue to have regular checkups. Again, I am feeling great and can't wait for the upcoming season.
Wednesday evening, Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball announced via Twitter that it had news relating to Smith to share soon, just before the news broke.
There was some speculation immediately before the news, since it was heralded from out of nowhere by reports of an impending release. ESPN's Darren Wolfson tweeted beforehand that the story has been in the works with Minneapolis' KSTP-TV for a while, but needed to wait for word from Smith himself due to its sensitive nature.