Lost in our earlier story about Daniel Orton was the second part of Jerry Tipton’s interview with his father. Orton’s father said that he had contacted Tubby Smith about Kentucky and that Tubby both praised the University and Billy Gillispie as a coach. Orton’s father spoke about how much that meant to him and how positive it was for Kentucky’s chances.
Regardless of what you think about Tubby Smith as a coach, there is no denying what a great individual Tubby Smith is on and off the court. He represented this University well while he was here and continues to speak well of it after leaving for Minnesota. A lesser person might take a chance to take subtle shots at his former place of employment (Rick Pitino) when given the chance. Tubby has never done that and has always taken the high road, even when he did not have to do so. It says a lot about him and it is great for the University that Tubby continually takes such an approach.