Tubby Smith: “I had early stages of prostate cancer”

Josh Katzenstein

Gophers men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith released a statement today saying that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. The statement is copied below.

“Amid speculation I want to make it aware that I did in fact undergo a procedure on April 21 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,” said Golden Gopher Head Basketball Coach Tubby Smith. “During my regular physical last spring it was discovered that my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were high. A biopsy was done and it was discovered that I had early stages of prostate cancer. I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed and I am now cancer free and feeling great.”
 

“I want to thank Dr. Gettman and Dr. Litin at the Mayo clinic for everything they have done for me,” added Smith. “I am a proponent of regular prostate examines and hope that men, especially African-American men, continue to have regular checkups. Again, I am feeling great and can’t wait for the upcoming season.”