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Tubby Smith is out in Minnesota

Tubby Smith has been relieved of his head coaching duties at Minnesota. The former UK coach was fired this morning after six seasons with the Gophers, despite leading the team to the third round of the NCAA tournament this year.

Smith leaves Minnesota after a 124—81 overall record and a 46—62 record in conference play. He’ll receive a $2.5 million buyout on his way out.

Tough news for the man who won a title for Big Blue Nation in 1998.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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103 Comments for Tubby Smith is out in Minnesota

  1. rob
    12:51 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    i guess they figured out 2 and 3 stars equal 4 yr commitment and nothing else

  2. tom
    12:52 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    I wish the best for Tubby and his family. He was a great ambassador for UK. I would like to see his name in the rafters at Rupp. He deserves it.

  3. shields eyes
    12:53 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, I am pretty sure they won’t find a much better coach. I hope Saul has his resume ready.

  4. H.A. Milton
    12:53 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Respect to Tubby. Enjoy retirement…

  5. flyboy
    12:54 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    2. i agree. Good luck Tubby.

  6. CatBlue in LR
    12:54 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink


    Get ready, Minnesota. Get ready to be accused of every kind of racism. We got it after lowering our standards to keep him around for ten years. I can’t imagine what you’re in for by cutting your losses after only six.

  7. Axe Cop
    12:56 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Seems like it was a long time coming. I’ve read several articles in the Minnesota media from the past few years and it seems as though he was on the hot seat for a while. That’s a tough place to be successful. Interested to see what his next move (if any) is.

  8. UCLA Head Coach
    12:56 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    So much for the media talking heads thinking UK fans are crazy. UCLA should jump on this. They will not do better.

  9. RealCatsFan
    12:57 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry to see that, but I had heard he was on the hot seat for some time now. Doubt if Minn fans will get called out unfairly the way a lot of BBN was when he packed up and headed north, but it is what it is.

    Tubby should just go ahead and retire now and live the good life – golden years. He could become an analyst on ESPN – heard there is a vacancy since Knight was sent packing. Or he could take up fishing – maybe Joe B. and Denny have some extra room on that fishing boat! Wish him the best wherever he goes.

  10. ajh
    12:58 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Who does a program like Minnesota think that they can get that is better than him????? Honestly…

  11. Big Blue 66
    12:59 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    i always thought tubby missed his calling by not coaching in the NBA, unless he doesnt want the travel, he would be a great guy and would be laid back with the Pro guys. They would probably love him

  12. ShawnP
    12:59 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    6 years of ten loss seasons and a 2.5 million dollar buyout on the way out. Don’t feel sorry for Tubby he’s STEALING money.

  13. BoilerMax
    12:59 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink


  14. Old Henry Man
    12:59 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Who does Minnesota think they are?
    Bad move for the Gophers.
    Tubby enjoy retirement and I hope your name is in the rafters soon

  15. Rei
    1:01 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    6 hit the nail on the head. I’d also agree with 9, it’d be cool to see Tubby on EPSN or something.

  16. Clem Haskins
    1:01 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    I really want to come back and get it right…and I will coach for cheap money.


  17. Jon
    1:01 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Well, OBVIOUSLY the people in Minnesota are racist and their program just wants to “win at all costs”. I can’t believe they’d fire a man who won a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!! It was 15 years ago with players he didn’t recruit, but still!

    In all honesty though I am sad for Tubby and I wish him well. However, I’m still bitter about how the UK fans and program were treated when we called for him to be fired.

  18. Roland
    1:04 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Predication: Tubby gets a job away from the frozen north.

  19. ThankfulCat
    1:04 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Shaka Smart to Minnesota

    AD has a history with him

  20. will
    1:04 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby helped deliver a championship to us. he deserves the best.good luck.

  21. KCK
    1:04 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    The ironic thing here is that Minnesota actually FIRED him, something that we didn’t do. I’m guessing the national media won’t be as quick to color Minnesota’s fanbase as rabid, racist inbred hicks with no brains.

  22. Cat
    1:05 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby turned that program around, he didn’t deserved to be fired. I wish him the best and hope he gets a after in Rupp.

  23. Welp
    1:05 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    He can coach up a Tulsa or a Georgia.

    He can also coach down a Kentucky.

    He can’t speak more than 3 words without needing a timeout.

  24. ThankfulCat
    1:06 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Also waiting to see the same Dick Vitale rant about Minnesota fans that he put on all of us when Tubby left here

    Minnesota fired him and he left here on his own choice

  25. Dicky V
    1:06 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Minnesota got this all wrong. Tubby is great coach.. Expectation are ridiculous at UM.. Com on baby he’s hall of fame coach with National championship. Minnesota fans should be ashamed of yourself.

  26. H.A. Milton
    1:07 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t Tubby have racist signs planted in his yard in Lexington?

    1:07 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    i remember when all the minnesota fans kept saying that they were happy with a second round exit in the ncaa tourney every year, when we were saying it wasn’t good enough. hmm

  28. wubwub
    1:07 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Looking forward to Minnesota getting what’s coming to them. If Kentucky got the karmic backlash of Billy G, what does Minnesota get? Regardless, hope they enjoy the basement of the big 10 and not making another NCAA tournament this decade.

  29. Bobbum man
    1:08 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Listen I loved tubby as Uks coach n still like the guy but does he really deserve to have his name in the rafters at Rupp? I just don’t see why he does I get the guy won a championship but mostly wasn’t his players, again loved the guy and all just think to hang in Rupps rafters is something very special

  30. Oogie
    1:09 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    19… first thing that came to my mind is they must be hoping to nab one of the rising starts like Smart or Brad Stevens. Good luck with that, Gophers. Unlike, like you say, they have an angle with somebody.

  31. Dee
    1:09 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Those Racist PIGS!!!!

  32. Oogie
    1:09 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    ^^ stars

  33. Chuck
    1:09 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    God Bless Tubby and Donna Smith

  34. Tubby
    1:11 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Um, uh, um, you guys, um, want me, uhhh, on ESPN?

    Tubby needs to stay retired or take an AD job somewhere. He’s a good person but not a great coach. Ask anyone associated with our program about his “recruiting” the last few years he was here. He has lost the drive needed to be successful.

  35. lakesidecatsfan
    1:12 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Hate it for Tubby, but i bet Ryan Lemond is laughing on the inside that Saul is out of a job!

  36. Common Sense
    1:13 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    What more could Minnesota ask for? They beat IU, Mich St., Ill, OSU, Memphis and others this season. They did have some bad losses but still! This is surprising to me.

  37. Chuck
    1:14 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Ironic that Billy D probably got him again!!

  38. Brad
    1:15 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Let us all take a moment to praise Gregg Doyle:

  39. pak
    1:15 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    I am usually wrong about these types of things – but I would be more than shocked if Smart or Stevens ended up at Minn. Their trajectory is significantly higher than UM.

  40. MJ4UK
    1:18 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    #36 He received the same treatment here at UK. Best Wishes to Tubby

  41. Skyfall
    1:20 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby is a class act. I’m sure Merlene Davis will sit this one out as he wasn’t fired by a southern school so she can’t play the race card.
    #11 – I heard the Hawks made an offer about a year ago and thought they had him signed to come to Atlanta. Maybe it will come to fruition now that he’s officially available.

  42. David from Bowling Green
    1:21 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby is a good and decent man. I am looking forward to seeing him in Rupp if he retires. Can he do the Y?

  43. LA
    1:21 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Like cal says, “there are two kinds of coaches out there, coaches who can recruit and ex-coaches”.

  44. wh
    1:22 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby is one of the best x’s and o’s coaches in the game, he’ll find a job easy.

  45. tyson
    1:24 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    #38–awesome find. Gregg was only a year off in his prediction.

  46. Tubby Fan
    1:28 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tough break for Tubby, who remains one of college basketball’s highest character coaches. Maybe Minnesota will lure Andy Enfield from FGCU? I wouldnt leave the beaches, but he’d get paid.

  47. UKBlue1!
    1:44 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s hear the media critize Minnesota. He should have been fired at UK about year #5 and we couldn’t. 10 years and 1 final four and someone wrote hang his name in the rafters? WTH. He took a Mercedes and made it into a YuGo.

  48. JTack
    1:46 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Mediocrity will only be accepted so long…even at a program like Minnesota. IMO it was accepted way too long in Lexington. Good luck to Tubby though.

  49. me
    1:49 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    #46 Andy Enfield doesn’t need the money. He is fabulously wealthy – owns a $100 million company.

  50. Unit to tha G
    1:54 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Mark it down…Tubby to UCLA

    Shaka wont go there, its a death trap
    Neither will Brad Stevens
    Jamie Dixon aint leaving Pitt

    Its the perfect retirement job for Tubby… LA…beaches…makes perfect sense…

  51. Thank god Tubby's gone
    2:10 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    How do so many still think Tubby is a great coach. Tubby did a good job in 1998 and out coached coach K to help get #7. That said the 1998 title had more to do with Sheppard getting hot at the right time then anything else.

  52. James
    2:10 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Best of luck to Tubby and its about time Kentucky put his name in the rafters at Rupp. Every other coach who has coached UK to a national championship is in the rafters. Time Tubby is too.
    Like Bill Keightley used to say all the time, Tubby Smith is the classiest man to ever coach at UK.

  53. Unit to tha G
    2:14 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    51- Agree totally

  54. frozen north
    2:15 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    From Minnesota:
    Tubby was fired because he failed to demonstrate improvement in players he recruited. there was no progression of skills and no demonstration of fundamentals: poor FT shooting, etc. He also seems tired of it all and unhappy. his interviews showed this. there was no energy left in the tank – and the losses to terrible big ten teams were unacceptable after being ranked in the top 10 of the country. I am not sure that Minnesota will ever make the final four but it was time for a change. Unfortunately he got an extra 1 million buyout from a contract negotiation last year. This should help cover any hard feelings. He helped the program in ways but in others he failed. Clearly we are not positioned to get either of the 2 minnesota recruits who are in the top 10 of the country of next years high school seniors. Minnesota is a decent job but agree it is not clear who will be willing to take it or do as reasonable job as he did.

  55. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    2:16 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby would be great at most schools if he improved his recruiting and had better assistants besides his assclown son Saul. You reap what you sow unfortunately.

  56. jaws2
    2:18 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta say, you could fire me every week for 2.5 mil ! Oh the agony for an already millionaire!

  57. barn
    2:19 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    can’t wait for dook vitale to come out and berate minn fans for being selfish and spoiled and to ‘be careful what you wish for baby’.

  58. Thank god Tubby's gone
    2:21 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    50) Why would UCLA want Tubby? The whole problem with BH was not reaching the FF, slow boring style of play, plus players getting in trouble and transferring. Sounds to me like Tubby 2.0!
    Just look at the records Tubby was a average coach at best who has made a living off of 1 season 15 years ago. Smart is a lot better possibility then Tubby for UCLA.
    If Tubby had been white he would have been fired at UK 5 years earlier!

  59. Dr. Funke
    2:21 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    My question is did UM really think Tubby was going to come in and win championships there when he was barely making the tournament at UK? Tubby is a really good coach but he is never going to have top notch talent. He should come back to the SEC where expectations are rediculously low. If Tubby did the same thing at LSU or Auburn that he did at UM, he would be loved for it.

  60. Arch Stanton
    2:22 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino says this move will set back the Minnesota program 10 years..

  61. Arch Stanton
    2:23 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    I hope there is the same outpouring of indignation on ESPN as there was when he left here..we didn’t even fire his ass and we got drug through the dirt..

  62. frozen north
    2:27 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure Pitino understands the state of the Minnesota program with a 30-50% transfer rate of players under Tubby and low level recruits as it is. As #55 noted, if there was semblance of recruiting and energetic/helpful assistants it would be a different program and it would be a loss. AS it is he was hanging on his reputation from years past. Minnesota is just hoping for someone who can at least do 9-9 or 10-8 in the conference and not 8-10 as Tubby has done in the past. It takes only a little bit to move to the middle of the pack from the bottom.

  63. Mr. Obvious
    2:39 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    6 years ago every Minnesota fan was celebrating getting Tubby and taunting UK for letting him go. They said they’d never get tired of 20 win seasons. So much for that. I guess the old Minnesota coach didn’t leave Tubby what Pitino did.

  64. Rae
    2:39 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby to Northwestern? Is he allowed to take another Big 10 job? It’s perfect for him; they’ll be happy to just make the tournament.

  65. Mark Liptak
    2:40 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    #48 – Right on the money. Nice man, one of the best, but after a few years he always basically says “the hell with it…” Minnesota didn’t wait 10 years to pull the plug to their credit. The point about recruiting and poor assistant coaches is also correct.

    Mark Liptak

  66. serdi
    2:40 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    No to rafters. He decided to try to bring us down because of our nepotism rule. No. No. No. Not one person’s name who hangs from the rafters ever did anything to harm our program. That is way it needs to stay

  67. knox cat fan
    2:43 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Six years ago, when Tubby left Ky for MN, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Partick Reusse, wrote a blistering article re: Ky, repeatedly calling Kentuckians “Bozos” and implying racism. The article was linked nationally. Six years later, he has nothing to say when Minnesota FIRES Tubby. Here’s his e-mail address:

    [email protected]

    We are owed an apology by this jerk. I invite you all to make it known to him!

  68. tom
    2:54 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    66. There is a banner in the rafter that reads the name of Richie Farmer. 42 ethics violations against citizens of the Commonwealth. Hmmm.

  69. Leon Jones
    2:55 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    He won a game in the NCCAA tournament and that makes MN one of the top 32 teams. Why fire him now?

    He didn’t lose in the first round of the NIT to Robert Morris

  70. Jimmy
    2:58 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    10. Word

  71. CatBlue in LR
    3:00 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    #62 — You must be a RACIST!

    Ooh, that felt good. 😉

  72. jimp
    3:00 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    I have never understood this garbage that so many people spew about Tubby only won the championship beacause he had Pitino’s players. Who the hell should care, we won the championship didn’t we, people should have been happy. It should not matter who the coach was as long as we won. Do you want to take down that championship banner because Tubby won it, I don’t think so. If you go back and check, not one single person was picking UK to win it that year in the pre-season. We were ranked in the bottom half of the top twenty-five, even with Pitino recruits. His last two recruiting classes were really weak anyway. The year after winning in 1996 he only signed one recruit, Magloire. The next year Michael Bradley, Myron Anthony, and Ryan Cohen, I believe his name was. Before he left UK for Boston, he had gotten committments from J.P. Blevins and Jamon Brown for the next year. Tell me that weak ass recruiting did not hurt Tubby for a few years. Tubby has always been a true gentleman and represented UK in a high fashion while he was the coach here. Since so many of you do not want to give him any credit for winning with less talent than an awful lot of teams in ’98, why don’t we get a petition going and have UK take that championship banner down and strike that championship from our record? Since Tubby did not recruit the players on that team it should not count.

  73. Dee W
    3:16 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    jimp, spot on. It’s amazing some people are literally upset about winning an NCAA championship and come up with reasons why it shouldn’t count.

    Tubby Smith record at Kentucky:
    1997 — 1998 — 35-4 overall, 14-2 SEC, SEC regular season champions, SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Champions

    1998 — 1999 — 28-9 overall, 11-5 SEC, SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Elite 8

    1999 — 2000 — 23-10 overall, 12-4 SEC, SEC regular season Champions (tied), NCAA 2nd round

    2000 — 2001 — 24-10 overall, 12-4 SEC, SEC regular season Champions (tied), SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Sweet 16

    2001 — 2002 — 22-10 overall, 10-6 SEC, NCAA Sweet 16

    2002 — 2003 — 32-4 overall, 16-0 SEC, SEC regular season Champions, SEC tournament Champions, Granted #1 seed NCAA tournament, NCAA Elite Eight

    2003 — 2004 — 27-5 overall, 13-3 SEC, SEC tournament Champions, Granted #1 overall seed NCAA tournament, NCAA 2nd round

    2004 — 2005 — 28-6 overall, 14-2 SEC, SEC regular season Champions, SEC tournament runner-up, NCAA Elite Eight

    2005 — 2006 — 22-13 overall, 9-7 SEC, NCAA 2nd round

    2006 — 2007 — 22-12 overall, 9-7 SEC, NCAA 2nd round

  74. Go Cats
    3:19 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    72 … Amen!

    I am SO SICK of the whining about how Tubby won with Pitino’s players. That says more POSITIVE about Tubby’s coaching than negative.

    That team was NOT expected to hang a banner at any point during the year … preseason, during season, or start of the tourney.

    But we did. Not “in spite” of Tubby, but largely BECAUSE of him.

    Some point to a comment Pitino had made at the end of the previous season where he said something along the lines of “next year’s team will be our best pressing team.”

    Anyone who knows Pitino and looked at that roster KNEW that was all about Pitino being Mr. Positive and trying to get that team to believe in itself. (Read his books for crying out loud. He used this sort of motivation on players all the time. And for good reason … it often works like a charm! See Mark Jackson.)

    Here’s what irks me…

    We bitch and moan about how we’re portrayed … then we turn around and say “he shouldn’t be in the rafters because (insert bogus excuse).”

    Gimme a break.

  75. blueneck
    3:28 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    for the record, Min was 9-22 the year prior to Tubby. All he did was win 20+ games 5 of 6 years. If the Royce White kid (who Cal really wanted) stayed out of trouble who knows what happens

    Tubby absolutely owned the SEC when at UK. His only rough years were the last two, which coincided with Floridas best two years ever…and don’t forget, he never went to the NIT

  76. Rondodog
    3:44 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you 72,73,74,75. Tubby got us to the NCAA EVERY year he coached here. Some forget his recruiting classes that included Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans. And then the Randolph Morris, Ramel Bradley, Joe Crawford, Rondo, etc. The man did represent us with class and is deserving of recognition from UK. Minnesota will be sorry in the long run.

  77. Marty
    3:47 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby and Donna Smith are first class people. I am sure if Tubby wants to coach. He will have opportunities. My best to Tubby and Donna. BBN forever grateful to you and family.

  78. Tubbys gone
    4:03 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    So what your basically saying #’s 72-75 is you had rather have mediocrity be ranked some where from 20 -40 win the sec and make the NCAA but not compete for the championship as too go Cals way of recruiting the best possible who you know aren’t going to say longer then 2 years and possibly 1 year but you will be competing for FF and championships 3 out of 4 years with a down year sprinkled that you might not make the NCAA.
    Agian its opinion? I think at Uk we should compete for the title we have won over 2000 games so 20 win seasons Realy doesn’t do anything for me. I would rather go Cals way and try for banners. No way do I think Tubby deserves to be in the rafters. In my opinion he tanked out program. If we don’t have Kentucky across our chest we don’t make the NCAA Tubby’s last year. Then didnt earn it.
    Don’t forget Pitino had passed UK up. Flordia was dominating the SEC plus when Tubby left our team for the next year was horrendous. Tubby might have landed Paterson of might not have but most recruiting experts had Paterson going to Flordia if Tubby had stayed.

  79. Dee W
    4:05 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of Tubby supposedly only being able to win with “Pitino’s Players” from the naysayers — explain this one — Tubby beat Pitino after he came to Louisville by a 4-2 margin — 4 out of 6 meetings — including the last 3 seasons Tubby was there in a row so those would have been entirely Tubby vs. Pitino’s players and none either of them inherited.

  80. Dee W.
    4:08 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    “So what your basically saying #’s 72-75 is you had rather have mediocrity be ranked some where from 20 -40 win the sec and make the NCAA but not compete for the championship ”

    No, that’s clearly not what we said at all and the record doesn’t support your comments. We were championship contenders multiple other years other than 1998.

    You only can make an argument by glossing over the actual record and then put words in our mouths. You are entitled to your own opinion – but it should be based on actual facts.

  81. Han
    4:15 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Only fitting that he didn’t get to sneak away on his own this time.

  82. JackB
    4:28 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    I will always believe that Tubby left because he was tired of the pressures of UK and didn’t want to recruit hard enough to have the chance to get to another final four like he did early in his UK career. So he went to Minnesota where he thought he could do as well as his last few years at UK and that would be good enough and pressure free. Guess he was wrong. Wish him the best though. Can’t see him going to UCLA. Pressure and high expectations is why I think he left UK.

  83. Warren Oates
    4:38 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    IMO ….lot of fans on here obcessed with Tubby and “racism” charges of when he left.just sayin….that’s a lot of obcession.

  84. TubbyBall03
    4:56 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    2003 team was one of UK’S best EVER. They were epic. Teams now should learn to move the bal and play half court defense that way. Just had bad luck tourney time. Overall, an amazing team to watch. After that slow regression

  85. mountain man
    5:04 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe UK can flip some of Tubby’s recruits…………..not

  86. Tubbys gone
    5:17 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    85! You might be on the something. Our state schools might be able to come in and steal a recruit or 2 from Minn. now! I’m sure UPike or Goergetown could use anther player or 2! Tubby’s recruits usually are on the NAIA level to begin with! Remember Porter, Adam Williams, Markino Williams, both 7 footers and Saul. Lol

  87. Tubbys gone
    5:22 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    2003 could D up I agree. Something flipped a switch during halftime of the Vandy game. That said that team is a LONG way from being 1 of our best.they couldn’t score and it showed against Wade in the tourney.i don’t think Bogans ankle would have changed the out come

  88. Zach
    5:25 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Minnesota was God-awful prior to Tubby taking the job(9-22 the previous year). He didn’t take Minnesota from being terrible to being a title contender or anything like that, but won 20+ games a year and made them somewhat relevant. Minnesota is going to regret this for years to come. Looks like Billy Gillispie has another program he can dig a deep deep grave for. That being said, Good Luck to Tubby Smith. Mr. Keightly was right about him. Tubby was the classiest person to coach UK. GO CATS.

  89. Dr. Funke
    5:25 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    You guys talking about how great of a coach Tubby is do realise your talking about a guy who was just fired from Minnesota after 6 seasons? I don’t think Tubby deserved to be fired, and I think Tubby can coach with the best, but let’s be real. He doesn’t bring in the type of talent needed to win championships. Players like Chuck Hayes, Cliff Hawkins, and Tayshaun Prince were great, but let’s not forget the Lukaszes and Sheray Thomases.

  90. Tubby gone
    6:10 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Boy that Sherey Thomas was a player lol. Not only did tubby sign these players but he did it early. Thomas was a junior. Duke and Carolina offered Bobby Perry to walk on so Tubby offered him a full ride when he was a soph. Most forget UK sighned Adam Williams and he wasn’t even all region in high school. The kid wasn’t even one of the best players in his region and UK signed him. Something is wrong with that.
    Porter was horrible and had no other major offers. His dad was Chuch Hayes high school coach that’s why Tubby took him. Adam Williams dad was a legendary WV coach.

  91. Stephan
    6:17 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    He lowered the standard??? And went and hired gillispi?

  92. Stephan
    6:18 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby has more class than any of you deserve

  93. catdaddyd
    7:34 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    1 NCAA tourney victory in six years. Enough said.

  94. BravoBigBlue
    7:40 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting diversive viewpoints. I’m a blend of both. Tubby appears to be as fine a person as there is. And I would be proud to have a son play for him. But college basketball is a business. A big business. And results are what matters. It was past time for him to leave UK. And I am not surprised that Minnestoa fired him. Especially with a new AD wh has been there a year. I am sad though. I wish him happiness.

  95. hendoblue
    8:05 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Like him or not Tubby is a class act and I wish him the best. As for Shaka Smart, why would he want to go to Minnesota? I see a much bigger future for him, maybe UCLA. Very respectable viewpoint #94.

  96. bigbluenation90
    9:17 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Surprised at the hate tubbys getting on here. The man is a class act who done so much for the university and the city of Lexington. He represented us with great integrity and always dine things the honest way. And as far as I’m concerned, he done just fine here. We made the tournament every year and outside his last 2 seasons we always knocked on the final fours door. People forget we were a Keith bogans ankle, noland Richardson cheating and a foul call on sparks 3 point shot away from getting back in the final four. As far as I’m concerned, he should be next in line to have his name put in the rafters in rupp

  97. Lalbright
    9:21 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Go look at Minnesota’s stats. They tell the story. It’s a HOCKEY school! They play in “the Barn”. Tubby had some great wins this season. Minnesota is wrong in firing him.

  98. jc#1
    9:31 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby did not win a championship. Everyone knows Jeff Sheppard coached the 98 team.All Tubby had to do was continue what Pitino started instead of his boring bball.Tubby seems to be a good person but not a great coach.He never really understood what UK basketball meant to the whole state of Kentucky.

  99. Really?
    10:06 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah folks, Tubby deserved to get fired after going 21-13 (in the best conference this year) with 2-3 star players at Minn. while Cal deserves a raise for going 21-12 with McDonald’s all-americans in a down SEC. Remember Tubby only won with Rick’s players, but wait, Cal had Billy G’s players. Tubby is Class. Nothing against Cal, but fans can’t have it both ways. Root for all Cats all the time.

  100. Strange
    10:12 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    The guy leads Minn to their only NCAA win, not vacated by scandal, since 1990 and gets fired 3 or 4 days later? 5 out of 6 seasons they win 20+ games. The one they didn’t get to 20 wins their starting pg got hurt and Tubby had a bout with cancer. I am not saying it was perfect at Minn. Conference swoons and some turmoil did occur.

    Things were a lot better under Tubby than before. The 8 seasons before he took over Minn had one 20 win season. 1 out of 8 twenty win seasons vs. 5 out of 6 twenty win seasons? His teams posted wins over U of L, UNC, Memphis, UCLA and USC in some out of conference conquests. This year he split with Illinois, Mich State, then #1 Indiana and Wisconsin in conference play. They also split with Nebraska (!?), but I am not sure what a school with an arena built during the Truman or Eisenhower years and no practice facility is going to do to improve. Shaka Smart may know and like their AD, but he could get a high major job with good facilities. Minnesota is at best a lateral move from VCU considering VCU went to a Final Four in 2011 and is in the A-10 now. VCU has a better path to favorable NCAA seeding and the sweet 16 and beyond than Minn. Good luck to Tubby in his future endeavors.

  101. LvilleCAT
    10:21 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Simple math Tubby, Class act + Simply just didn’t get it down last few years @ UK= Leave it at that!! Jeezzzzzeee give it a rest people. Get off the guys jock. Fact “******HHHEEEE****” coached us to the 1998 TITLE consequently @ the end of his tenure he did not bring in talent that was going to lead to Title. Enough with the black and white garbage to both those who lessen his title in 1998 because he is black, or oh I mean because “had Pitino’s players”, or for those of you who think he was fired because he is black. It was a business decision, if he were an orange space man towards the end of his time at UK he simply just didn’t bring it. That doesn’t lessen him or any of the accomplishments he had here it simply just is what it is!!!

  102. mashburnfan1
    10:36 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    This has to be because they have someone already lined up, like maybe Smart from VCU. It’s freakin Minnesota and they were competitive in the so called best conference. They should have been happy to have Tubby as not many can/will succeed there. If true he knew nothing of firing till the report then hopefully Minnesota will never again have a winning season.

  103. uk9698
    3:10 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Guess Saul will finally have to get a JOB!!!!!