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The hiring brought to a close a process that ultimately began when USD assigned longtime assistant coach Joey James the interim label for the 2013 14 season. Two weeks ago, Herbster announced the university would conduct a nationwide search for a coach. Smith quickly emerged as the favorite to get the job but officials said Monday the deal was not finalized until Sunday.

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Smith, 41, brought his wife Darcy and their four children up to the stage as his first act as coach of the Coyotes. He then gave everyone a taste of what's in store. Most notably, that he's someone with high expectations on many fronts.

USD men's basketball coach Craig Smith shouts, "Go Yotes," at the end of Monday's press conference announcing the Nebraska assistant's hiring. The 41 year old Smith replaces interim coach Joey James.(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)VERMILLION It was a confident Craig Smith who took over the podium on Monday afternoon at the University of South Dakota. No talk about a long range plan, no plea for patience. For more than 20 minutes, the new Coyote men's basketball coach spoke about who he was and what he was going to do.

"He said some good things," said Brandon Bos, a two year starter who will return as the Coyotes' most experienced player next year. "I really like the way he says we're going to play up and down the court, because I think a lot of our guys like playing that way. He seemed like Adidas Tech Super 39 1/3

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"When Tim got the first one I said 'Coach, that was a great T,' because we weren't getting any calls," Smith said. "The second one he was just trying to get their attention. He wasn't mad. And then the guy turns around and tees him up. Then (Miles) turns around to me and says 'You got 'em.'

volunteering time at schools or hospitals, whatever it might be. You're going to take an active interest."

The Stephen, Minn., native will make $185,000, Herbster said. That represents approximately a 30 percent pay hike from the top salary earned by Dave Boots, who coached the program for 25 years before retiring last September.

Smith's conversation with the team continued in private later in the afternoon. It's a squad that has 13 players on the roster with eligibility remaining and nine with two or more years remaining. USD was 12 18 last season with a 6 8 record in the Summit.

"We're going to be a complete program," said Smith, who was being paid $200,000 at Nebraska. "We're going to be a program where our guys are academically accountable. They're going to get their rear ends to class. They're going to take care of business. They're going to be in the front row. They're going to be diligent and they're going to graduate."

"It was easier for me because I've had that experience as a head coach. It's on a huge stage in the NCAA tournament, but at the same time I've been in those games where you have to draw up a last second play to win your conference championship. There are one or two minutes where you have to catch your breath, but then you're back in the saddle again."

Smith did not meet with the players until later in the day. Casey Kasperbauer, a sophomore, was there for the preview along with everyone else at the Muenster University Center.

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basketball people at a lot of levels who have been great at every level, and he's the best game plan manager I've ever been around. He's done a great job of developing talent for us. We're going to miss him a great deal. Our program is not going to be able to Adidas Sl Loop Custom go out and get another guy like that."

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a nice guy and he's obviously got some good experience."

"He seems like a young, energetic guy who has really cared for his players," Kasperbauer said. "He shared some inspiring stories about relationships he'd built with his players in the past. That's exciting as a player to know he's not going to just try to develop us as basketball players, but as people, too."

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"I think he's going to do a tremendous job," Miles said Monday. "I've been around a lot of Adidas Sl 72 Zappos

"If I didn't, with every ounce of fiber in my bones, believe in the University of South Dakota and everything that it entails, I wouldn't be here," Smith told the crowd of media and fans. "I firmly believe we're going to make a major, major splash in Division I basketball, and certainly the Summit League, in the very, very near future."

At that point, the new coach appeared to be talking directly to a group of USD players who were there to see him for the first time. And then he kept going.

That led to Smith's opening sales pitch at the Muenster University Center on Monday with introductions from USD president Jim Abbott and Herbster.

The process that made the way for Smith's return to head coaching at USD was quick, but not as quick as his return to coaching was last Friday in San Antonio with the Huskers trailing Baylor by 16.

Smith has been closely tied to current Nebraska coach and Doland native Tim Miles throughout Miles' ascent in the coaching business. The relationship between the two began when Miles was coaching at Mayville State. It continued with stops at NDSU, Colorado State and the last two years with the Cornhuskers.

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together a matrix of characteristics of who really meets your standards and rises up to the top," USD athletic director David Herbster said. "I did both . I had to be able to put everything in order. Through that process Craig rose to the top on both of those lists.

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Confident Craig Smith takes hoops helm for USD

In their second year together at Nebraska, the Huskers advanced to the NCAA tournament, losing to Baylor 74 60 in the first round after qualifying as an 11 seed. In that game, Miles was ejected with more than 11 minutes to play after receiving his second technical. It forced the head coach to hand the team over to Smith, whose head coaching experience consists of three seasons at NAIA Division II Mayville State.

He won NAIA coach of the year honors for leading the Comets to the national championship game in 2007, going 72 29 in his three seasons there after taking over a program that went 1 25 the year before.

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