Scoops: August 15

Created: 08/15/2012 5:12 PM KSTP.com By: Darren Wolfson

Talking with a few "U" officials, they acknowledge that the Tubby Smith contract extension is not a win-win. The win is for Smith. One late battle the school won was to lower the buyout for the next two seasons. If they decide to make a move, it'll cost them $2.5 million. It's hard to believe, but that number was higher for months of the negotiations.

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DeLaSalle's Reid Travis, a 6'7" forward and Tubby recruit, is a big fan of the Carlson School of Management. Academics are a big deal to him and his family, so the Gophers stiffest competition will likely come from Stanford. Travis is ESPN's 31st ranked recruit in the Class of 2014. He is also the starting quarterback on the football team and has a scholarship offer to Boston College. He told me on Monday he's undecided on what sport he'll play at the next level.

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When asked what happens first, a new football practice facility or a basketball practice facility, Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague said he hopes both at the same time. The football team's desire for new digs has flown under-the-radar until now. Coach Jerry Kill is pushing for it big-time.

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After I chatted with Twins interim general manager Terry Ryan on 1500 ESPN Monday, I get the sense there's a better chance the team ends its affiliation with Single-A Beloit before Triple-A Rochester, New York. Decisions on both cities will come in the next two weeks. With Rochester, they could be the facilitators in any breakup. The in-state Mets are potentially looking for a new AAA home. They currently are in the state in Buffalo.

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Reading between-the-lines on Ryan's comments on AA outfielders Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia, I think we'll see both of them with the big league club at some point in September.

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Mike Radcliff, Twins senior vice president in charge of player personnel, took diligent notes in San Diego last weekend. He was scouting the 10th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic. The game consisted of the best 2013 draft-eligible high school players.

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Minneapolis-based NHL agent Neil Sheehy, who negotiated the 13-year, $98 million deal for Ryan Suter, is holding a camp at Augsburg College the next two weeks. Suter trains at his father's rink in Wisconsin, but clients Ryan Carter (Devils), Justin Braun (Sharks), Chad Rau (Wild), Nate Prosser (Wild), and Matt Niskanen (Penguins) are there.

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Prosser and Carter became dads just a day apart. Carter has the older daughter. She was born on August 1.

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I continue to hear that there's a better chance forward Derrick Williams starts the year with the Wolves. In other words, this talk of one more heavy-lifting trade happening before the season starts is unlikely. Logic suggests that any type transaction would involve Williams.

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The Wolves are still on the lookout for a backup big man. The best they can offer as of now because of salary cap ramifications is the veteran's minimum.

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Unprovoked, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier singled out center John Sullivan on Wednesday as having a great camp.

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Word has it that at least one Viking is dealing with some back pain after weeks of sleeping on the Gage Hall Mankato beds.