(Minneapolis, MN) -- University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith was fired today (Mon) after his team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament Sunday by Florida. Athletics Director Norwood Teague says he believed it was time for a fresh approach following a season where there were high expectations for the coaching staff. Teague says the decision was based on an evaluation of the overall body of work and they've decided to move swiftly to find the best coach and best fit for the university. Tubby Smith went 124-and-80 in six seasons at Minnesota. Teague says the U of M athletic department and President Kaler's office will lead the search for a new basketball coach, and will not hire a search firm. In a news release, Tubby thanked the U of M and people of Minnesota for giving him the opportunity to lead the Golden Gopher basketball program for six years. He said "our staff did things the right way and will leave knowing that the program is in far better shape than when we arrived."