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Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:34 am
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Posted by Matt Norlander

Devoe a Go' no mo'.

It's not yet official, but if you're to believe mom's word, then there's no going back.

Myron P. Medcalf, the Star Tribune go-to guy for all things Gophers hoops, has the scoop this morning. He received an e-mail from Joseph's mother, Connie, in the early hours Tuesday (like, almost-at-4-a.m. early hours), wherein she confirmed her son's departure from Tubby Smith's program.
"The decision to transfer, it’s a difficult decision," she said. "It’s not a good situation. … It’s not something that’s taken lightly and it’s a difficult thing to do. Having said that, it’s something that Devoe has [decided to do]."
Joseph has been mulling this decision for some time. The 71-62 loss at Michigan State on New Year's Eve is apparently what sealed the deal.
She said Devoe Joseph called Tubby Smith before the team's next practice and informed him of his decision to leave the program. Connie Joseph said her son skipped practice over the weekend because "once you've made this difficult decision, the best thing is just to move forward."   She said her son isn't suspended, as some outlets reported, but has decided to leave the team.   "No there’s [no turning back]," she said Tuesday. "I'm going with him [Tuesday] morning to pick up his release papers. He wishes the team well. It’s a tough thing."
Where Joseph goes, nobody knows, but the junior will have plenty of suitors. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds. Not bad for an undersized shooting guard. Joseph also shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range this season.

Minnesota's now reeling a bit. This is the second straight year Tubby Smith has had a player transfer; the troubled Royce White played a game of tug-of-war with Minny last season. Plus, freshman big man Mo Walker, who was injured Dec. 23 against South Dakota State, is out for the year with a torn-apart knee. Must-have point guard Al Nolen is back from injury now, thankfully, but a promising season has started to twist in the wind here.

The Gophers (11-3) started 11-1 before dropping their first two in conference play, and by the way, this news is breaking while the team is mentally prepping for its home game against Indiana in seven hours.

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Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

if they are 11-3 and hes not happy please dont go to a big east school....



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

If you are a person who believes winning is the only thing, then Coach Cal is the perfect coach.  And if you feel that way, that's perfectly fine.  I would have no problem with Coach Cal coaching my team because I want my team to win, first and foremost.  However, don't kid yourself about Cal....he is NOT running and NEVER WILL run a clean program. 

Devoe would be a perfect fit for UK.  Lots of talent, out of control, and doesn't care about going to school.  Come on Cal, give Devoe a call.  Actually, you should probably start with his Mom.



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:29 am
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

YOU DON'T SOUND LIKE A TRUE BIG BLUE FAN TO ME .  YOU PEOPLE KEEP SPREDING THIS GARBAGE ABOUT COACH CAL AND HE'S BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF NONE OF IT , THE NCAA IS VERY STRICT ABOUT THE THINGS HE'S FALSLY ACCUSED OF AND HE IF HE WERE GUILTY WE'D SURE KNOW ABOUT IT.  SO TAKE YOUR RUMORS AND STICK THEM YOU KNOW WHERE. I LIKED TUBBY BUT CAL IS THE BEST



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:20 am
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

I THINK YOUR WRONG ABOUT TUBBY.  WHEN HE COACHED HERE AT UK I LIKED HIS  COACHING AND LIKED HIM AS A PERSON . I THOUGHT HE DID VERY WELL WITH WHAT HE HAD BUT DIDN'T HAVE THE BEST MATERIAL TO WORK WITH . WAS GLAD TO SEE CAL THOUGH BECAUSE HE PLAYS THE STYLE MORE SUITED TO THE WHAT THE FANS LIKE TO SEE



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 7:56 am
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

I'm not sure who really is at fault her but I know one thing for sure. The gophers are not better without him. Tubby seems to put his ego over winning sometimes. Play your best players! I think he is a better recruiter than a coach. He can get some real talent but then he dont play them like he should. Look doesnt matter what people think. Joseph will be missed. guaranteed. And he will play for another big time BB program.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 7:08 am
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

KYKID, I see your UK logo but question whether you are a real Kentucky fan - if you still wish Tubby were your coach, start cheering for the Gophers. Smith is one of the best bench coaches in college BB, has a heart of gold, and is a model citizen.  If I had a kid of average Div. I talent, I would love for him to play for Smith.  Nevertheless, most all of the very top-rated players don't want to play in his rigid system and thus, he fails to recruit the elite-level talent needed to consistently compete for the championship.  Personally, I would love to see him coach many more years at Minnesota and rank high on the all-time wins list.
As to your comment on Calipari, you are spewing the same garbage that most of UK's rivals and some in the media are throwing around. He has a cleaner record than Izzo, Williams, Calhoun, Pitino, etc. and does more promoting of Kentucky and charitable fundraising than any coach we've ever had.  You call yourself part of BBN yet root for the demise of Coach Cal?  Real Kentucky fans demand it all: outstanding talent, numerous wins/championships, and a clean program!


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Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:21 am
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Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:11 am
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

I wish every day we had him back and we didnot have to look over our shoulder to see what coach cal is going to drop at our door when he has to leave. The "Bull Headed" as you call him is why we were able to get where we were without everyone running all over him and players playing for the school and not themselves AKA the fab 5 from last year noe in the NBA. You are not a fan of basketball you are a fan of just winning at all cost and that is sad. There is those of us in the BBN that still like old school basketball where you blay because it meant something more then a pay check or name in lights.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Minnesota's Devoe Joseph likely transferring

 Devoe is a good player with a lot of talent.  Unfortunatly he has a brain that doesn't match.  I wish him the best, but if you can't get along with Tubby, your not gonna get along with anyone else.  He can be tough, but he is fair.


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