Saul Smith Placed on Administrative Leave

Saul Smith Placed on Administrative Leave

University of Minnesota assistant men's basketball coach Saul Smith was placed on indefinite unpaid administrative leave Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Smith, the son of head men's basketball coach Tubby 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, a first-time offender who is in his sixth season with the Gophers, is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3, 2012.

Gopher Athletics will gather additional facts on this matter Monday.

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