Jury awards $1.25 million in lawsuit against Tubby Smith

Tubby Smith

A jury in Minneapolis has awarded an assistant coach nearly $1.25 million in his lawsuit against basketball coach over an aborted hiring.  Jimmy Williams was an assistant at when Smith called him to talk about a job shortly after being hired at in 2007. Minnesota backed away from Williams after athletic director Joel Maturi pointed out violations in his past.  Williams said he resigned at State after Smith offered him a job. Smith testified during an eight-day trial that he never finalized a job offer and didn’t tell Williams to quit his job.  Williams says Wednesday’s verdict vindicates him and that he hopes to return to coaching.