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Tubby Smith named head coach at Texas Tech


According to the Associated Press, Tubby Smith has been named the new head coach at Texas Tech. Smith was fired from Minnesota last week after six seasons and will take over for interim coach Chris Walker, who coached the Red Raiders after Billy Gillispie “resigned.”

In related news, Lubbock has officially been renamed “The Land of Former Kentucky Coaches.”

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60 Comments for Tubby Smith named head coach at Texas Tech

  1. Hazard Kidd-Katt
    3:23 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good Luck to Tubby!

  2. Good spot
    3:23 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good for Tubby. After Gillispie, he should be welcomed at TT. Should be a good fit…doubt expectations are too high for him there.

  3. Dave
    3:24 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Texas Tech, where failed coaches got to get one last big payday from idiots and retire.


  4. SexnNursinHomes
    3:24 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby was quoted at the press conference as saying “We’re more up tempo next year”.

  5. rixter
    3:30 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    What, was Eddie Sutton unavailable?

  6. rixter
    3:32 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I actually laughed out loud at that, # 4!

    Classic Tubby….. and the other good news, now Saul Smith has a job, too

  7. ysosun
    3:32 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t Neal Brown from TT?

    3:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Lexington should be renamed “The Land of Former NC State Players” #harrow #mays #maybepurvis

  9. Roland
    3:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Somebody who comments here said Smith would get a job coaching in the south.
    Wonder Who? LOL!

  10. EyewearMan
    3:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    That’ll keep Saul far away from Amanda Lemond! Ryan’s gotta like that news!

  11. Zach
    3:38 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good for Tubby. Texas Tech got a good coach today. He really will fit in there.

  12. Bobbum man
    3:39 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know what time Gordon is announcing tommorow?

  13. Steve Fitts
    3:41 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    From Minneapolis to Lubbock! Talk about culture shock!!!

  14. dont geek
    3:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    What day is andrew wiggins deciding?

  15. John Ellis
    3:43 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    After the Knights and Gillispie TT decided to hire a human being as coach. The Tubby bashers can eat this – he’s the only UK coach who won a title without overwhelming talent, and has the greatest single win in the program’s history, as well as the only undefeated SEC season and tournament since Rupp in the 50s, and two overall one seeds back to back. He’s likely to do well there, Minnesota broke promises to upgrade the facilities which hurt his recruiting. I hope Cal schedules him and he gets this banner, way overdue. He should hire an aggressive recruiting assistant coach, who can deal with the absurdities of kids pumped up by their parents and leeches.

  16. Dogwaller
    3:47 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    From the land of 10,000 lakes to the land of 10,000 snakes. Good luck Tubby!

  17. Doo Doo Brown
    3:47 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Redneck UK fans still hate Tubby.

  18. Roland
    3:48 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Rumor has it Saul is coming to a neighborhood near me. No j/k

  19. Musehobo
    3:49 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Not a Tubby Basher. But that 98 team had 4 future NBA players, and some of the team had been to the championship game 2 times previous to the 98 championship.

  20. bb
    3:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 15,he won a title with great talent and pitinos system!A one seed may as well be a 12 seed if you can’t get past sweet 16! Big whoop! every year as his recruits came in system got worse period! However, that being said, I really like tubby, he is just not a championship coach.

    3:58 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good Luck to Tubby. Tubby-bashers let the hate go; he brought a championship home. If you’re sore about it blame the AD, it’s his job to hire and fire. If it’s anyone’s fault put it there. Tubby tried his best,and later on I admit it wasn’t up to UK standards, so let him go in a classy fashion 5 years earlier and move on and he’d be even more liked than now.

  22. UKBlue1!
    4:02 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    TT will be happy. He will make them into a 21-22 game winner in 3 years. He will spend about 5-7 years there and retire. He will pull off the occasional shocker against Texas/Kansas or the States. Good Luck.

  23. Tech-Ster
    4:08 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Terrible hire for Tech. Tubby is lazy and will be fired in 3 years.

  24. Kristen Geil's Abs
    4:11 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously, to the Tubby bashers, it really is time to let it go.

  25. Jim
    4:12 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Just proves that a sucker is born everyday,,,,,,,,,,, and Tubbys made a fortune off of them,,,,,,,,,,,,

  26. Skeps
    4:13 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #4 -Tubby actually said that? What does he know about an up-tempo offense?

  27. Roland
    4:18 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    As much RESPECT I have for the man, Tubby, can I draw your attention to one Rajon Rondo as a college player.

  28. Good for Tubby! He’s always seemed to be a good guy.

    And I don’t care what anyone says: his coaching DID have something to do with hanging #7. As I’ve said before on here, he coached the pants off Kri-ZOO-skee in that Duke game. My favorite pic is still the one of Magloire putting Wojo in the rack!

    Does Rickie & his recruiting get some credit for that title from me? Yes, but not all of it.

    Tubby’s recruiting had fallen off toward the end and it was time for a change, but I sill give him credit for 98. I just wish we had hired Cal instead of BCG when he left.

  29. cjcat
    4:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hopefully after Texas Tech he will land a job in Sibera where there is no means of communication and we never hear his name again!

  30. didyaknow
    4:44 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #6 did you know that the reason Minnesota fired Tubby was because of Saul and his DUI? He was told to let Saul go at that time and refused, so Tubby got the axe. Maybe that’s good that he stuck to his guns but the players that screwed up when on his teams didn’t always get that chance.

  31. unreconstructed
    4:45 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Tech must have more money the brains…

  32. Stanley
    4:46 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Why is it bad form to bash Tubby but gang banging Gillespie is O.K.? Tubby oversaw the 10 year decline of KY BBall and Gillispie was hired to try to rebuild the program. He only had 1 full year of recording, but still managed in bring in 4 future NBA players. He worked his arse off. Tubby never got off his arse.

  33. Jim 1
    4:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Not a Tubby basher. He was a good man but not a great coach. Championship won on Pinto’s recruits; tempo would lull you to sleep; recruiting went below par ; 10 loss seasons were adding up; little to no hope of returning to a final 4 or a championship.

    Use Cal as a model to measure Tubby and the answer will tell you what a UK coach should be. Good luck to Tubby and good luck to TT.

  34. blackhawk509
    4:57 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Absolutely amazed how many chucking idiots that come on here…oh yeah I forget it’s KY…Go Tubby!

  35. Rei
    5:08 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Word. Not calling a timeout when Duke was struggling is the equivalent to “coaching the pants off of Coach K” or w/e you said.

  36. Jones Returns
    5:14 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting…the man who replaced Tubby is replaced by Tubby… my how the tables have turned

  37. ThankfulCat
    5:15 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink


    That’s a damn lie and you know it. Tubby was fired because of 2 things

    1-They thought they had Shaka smart in their hip pocket-OOPS
    2-The 4 in-state recruits who were not considering Minn-They still won’t with a new coach

    Tubby Smith deserves a banner in the top of Rupp Arena and all of you idiot haters need to be forced to attend with an electric shock bracelet around your neck for every time you don’t applaud when prompted

  38. Dave from afternoon underdogs
    5:17 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    “Louisville’s basketball program is fairly even with duke…” Lol I swear I heard Dave say this on the afternoon underdogs lol wow louisville fans are so delusional

  39. didyaknow
    5:23 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #37 just because YOU don’t want to believe it doesn’t make it a lie. That came straight from Minnesota from someone who would know very well. I have a lot of respect for Tubby so not bashing at all. But before you go calling someone a lier do your own research since you seem to KNOW that I’m i’m not telling the truth.

  40. shields eyes
    5:25 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Saul has to eat, you know.

  41. Jim 1
    5:26 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #33 Pinto’s, that sounds about right. LOL

  42. 2020
    5:50 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    15) UK’s “non-overwhelming talent” in 1998:
    Jeff Sheppard… 1 NBA season (phenomenal college player!), 1998 Tournament MOP
    Nazr Mohammed… 15+ NBA seasons (and still playing)
    Scott Padgett… 8 NBA seasons
    Wayne Turner… 1 NBA season (phenomenal college player!)
    Allen Edwards… 3 years in CBA, IBL
    Heshimu Evans… 15+ years playing internationally (and still playing)
    Jamal Magliore… 12 NBA seasons
    Saul Smith… 2 years D-League
    Michael Bradley… 5 NBA seasons + 5 years internationally

  43. STEVE!
    6:06 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    2020 – Thank you. Compare that to Tubby’s last 10 signees at UK
    Adam Williams
    Jared Carter
    Rekalin Sims
    Michael Porter
    Derrick Jasper
    Jodie Meeks
    Perry Stevenson
    Ramon Harris
    Morikinyo Williams
    A.J. Stewart

  44. ShawnP
    6:19 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Daddy can I get a job?

    Signed, Saul

  45. Jimmy Dykes Caddy
    6:22 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #16, that was classic !!!

  46. SaulToo
    7:20 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    gOOd 2see that Saul once again gainfully employed…..

    & Saul very well may be the “neXt” TX-Tech “son-of-coach-in-waiting,” as kwazee-ole’ Bob Knight handed the [email protected] this “university” over to his son, once kwazee-ole’ Bob called it quits…..

    &, of course, “SOKOB” (“son-of-kwazee-ole’-bob”) FAILED miserably (LOL!)

  47. Reality check
    7:40 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, Tubby sucks as a coach. 21-13 at a school with terrible facilities in the toughest conference in the regular season with sub-par recruits. Good thing we have the best facilities in the country, the number one recruiting class and the best coach in the country – we were able to parlay that into a 21-12 record and lose in the NIT. Sure hope Cal wins it all next year, otherwise that haters will really be out on him, cause we all know there is no luck that is needed to win it all. Wins on paper are the best, baby.

  48. The champ
    8:47 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby a class act . After the knights and the drunk he should do well .

  49. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    9:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby is a great x’s and o’s” coach, but a TURRIBLE recruiter, as Steve’s list at #43 will show !!

  50. Jbcruser
    10:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    What a joke!….it’s on Texas Tech….TLT will be overpaid once again, and overpaid once again

  51. Jbcruser
    10:35 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Correction…underachieve once again

  52. Jc#1
    10:43 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Please let this be the last Flubby post.He is gone and we don’t care were he goes just not back to UK.

  53. Dee W
    11:11 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Ah, the historical revisionists appear yet again to bash Tubby Smith – including the assorted versions of the “got worse every year” nonsense. So, once again, let’s post the facts:
    Tubby Smith record at Kentucky

    1997 – 1998 – 35-4 overall, 14-2 SEC, SEC regular season champions, SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Champions, SEC Coach of the Year

    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, SEC Coach of the Year, Naismith Coach of the Year, Henry Iba Award

    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, SEC Coach of the Year, Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year

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

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

    Looking at the overall record of the other coaches, even Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall would have been run out of town by many of these Tubby Smith critics if they were held to the same standard – each of them had a season that wasn’t even a winning season.

  54. comeonnow
    11:45 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    53, How many Final Fours in that time span? It only took Cal three years to beat that. True, it’s not fair to compare Tubby to a legend. What was even more concerning was the future of the program by 2006. The present was not up to standards, but the future looked even more grim.

  55. yeahright
    12:50 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Soooooooo tired of the jacklegs who think Tubby can’t coach.

    He’s guilty of nepotism with Saul, and he backed off recruiting top-ranked players (or trusted his assistant’s judgement too much while assisting Team USA). Otherwise, heckuva coach, and he won a championship with one long-term pro, Nazr.

  56. Dee W.
    1:26 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Missed the final 4 by a whisker several times (I believe meeting up with Michigan State multiple times…including a triple overtime against them once) and other times had championship caliber teams that just choked at the wrong time – it has happened before to us and number of other programs – just like some years teams play way beyond their expectations. It happens. Even the best programs have down periods, sometimes much longer than a few years…including UK in its past. The situation with Tubby in his last two years was not anywhere near as bad we have been several times before in the history of the program – this year was worse than either of those two years, for example. Sometimes it is best for a coach to move on and for the program to take a new direction, no matter the past success of the sitting coach…perhaps Tubby’s ship had indeed sailed (and perhaps he agreed with that himself – hence why he moved on voluntarily rather than letting things get ugly) although the direction we took for the two years following wasn’t the right “new direction” – by far. I do believe his coaching was a huge part of the 1998 tournament win – no, he didn’t recruit those players and they were trained much of their tenure under another coach, but in game strategy and organization is also a big part of coaching and it was excellent during that title run especially during the comeback against Duke. There is no way of knowing for sure, but we may not have won that tournament if Pitino had still been there all other things being equal. Every coach has their greatest strengths and greatest weaknesses. Tubby’s weakness was recruiting…though he got a lot of players that weren’t expected to do as much – hence why he got all of those awards those three seasons.

    But the main point is not to deal in hypotheticals like I just mentioned and the ones you mentioned – those events never occurred, so we have no way of knowing for sure to compare. The point was that those above bashing Tubby are doing so with inaccurate comments about his record…”declined every year” “never good after Pitino’s players left”, etc. A lot of people bash Calipari as well for bogus reasons. If you apply the same standards as they apply to Tubby, both Rupp and Hall were horrific coaches – which is also nonsense. After Rupp’s last championship we even had a non-winning season – imagine if Tubby had season like after his championship what they would be saying. – two seasons did not make it the NCAA and had to go to the NIT, and a third where we had a non-winning season and weren’t even good enough to get to the NIT. If the standards applied to Tubby were applied to Hall’s record, these naysayers would say he had a horrific run as a coach – again nonsense given the overall record. If this sight had been around with you posting you would have probably said the future of the program looked grim. Just as many are were calling for Calipari’s head over one bad season after 3 straight hugely successful seasons. People just like to complain, without any foundation or semblance of reality.

  57. Bluecreeker
    11:41 am April 2, 2013 Permalink


    You really have no clue do you?

    Just say “I liked Tubby” and move on.

    Tubby is a very mediocre Coach who was handed a very decent Tulsa program (2 years), and very decent Georgia program (4 years) and the keys to the Castle after that. Yes….after 6 seasons as a head coach, 6 seasons wherein he did nothing notable other than make the Tournament at schools where they regularly did so, he was handed the Nations no.1 program. Other Coaches had better resumes and had shown much better success…….which leads to the question “why Tubby” and I think most of us can step outside of the box for just a minute and answer that question infused with some reality. UK lost 25 games its last 2 seasons under Tubby…but the real problem you don’t wish to address was the recruiting. You probably don’t even know what AAU is, and have no idea why Tubby’s stance on the later killed the program. Sheray Thomas, Perry Stevenson were both really good kids and the poster children for what Tubby could recruit…….that just aint getting it done. More players defected UK’s Basketball program under Tubby Smith than any of the prior coaches combined…in fact of all the players who left early Tubby was responsible for over 3/4 of the defections. Tubby also publicly said of his job at UK… “It’s just a job, and I was looking for one when I got it”…….so I think many of the BBN have reason to disdain the Tub.

    You might know Tubby the man….and he is by all accounts a good person, but you don’t know Dick about Tubby’s tenure as a Bball Coach at UK. We don’t hate em because we’re all a bunch of ignant racist…….We disliked what he did to OUR program.

    BBN represent!

  58. Bluecreeker
    11:46 am April 2, 2013 Permalink


    Good morning to all. After just reading an article posted by Mark Story I thought it was time for me to explain this BBN Member’s disdain for the Tub. Some people like Mark Story just don’t get it, and some do.

    For any UK Head Coach to be a good moral person is an absolute, it is a constant…… is not a virtue to be extolled but a absolute requirement. Nothing less should ever be accepted (period).

    Tubby Smith is a class individual. By all accounts he is a good family man, a good father and a pillar of the community. However it is my opinion that he is an average coach with some very old school philosophies that just do not work with today’s youth. Call it what you will, but the game of College basketball left him behind many years ago.

    Tubby coached a “system” which he refused to change in all his years at Kentucky. He recruited kids based on body type and once at UK, he played many out of their natural (or possible pro) positions. Kids who stepped out of line within this system found themselves in the doghouse very quickly. It amazes me how I watched Rajon Rondo seemingly struggle with Tubby’s system only to leave early and become one hellacious pro ball player, the same could be said for Tayshaun Prince….although he was pretty good at UK, who saw THAT potential under Tubby’s system of ball control? Having a system is fine, having the fortitude to stick with the system is fine, having a system that sucks isn’t fine.

    Anybody remember a kid by the name of Derrick Jasper? Derrick came to UK as a very highly touted recruit and quickly beat Ramel Bradley out for the starting PG spot. I was watching this kid (Jasper) as a frosh in a game. I can’t remember exactly who they were playing but Derrick had the ball up around the top of the key….when his man stepped out to defend him, Derrick beat him off the dribble, took 2 or 3 steps towards the basket and dunked the ball………………..the crowd went wild and Jasper went directly to the bench. When asked in a later interview about the situation Jasper responded “Coach told me that was Highschool BS, and we don’t do that at UK”….. Jasper had made up his mind to leave UK and Tubby’s dreaded ball control system after his freshman year….only to be persuaded to stay by none other than BCG.
    And the rest they say… history.

    Tubby would stick his hand in a bucket of water and explain to his players this represented them at UK, he would then take his hand out of the water and explain this represented UK Basketball if they left. The implication was, we don’t need you, you need us. It you leave it will be like taking my hand out of the water, and the water will just fill in the void you leave. Now this might be true in and of itself, but that is not the proper way to motivate anybody IMO.

    More players defected before graduation under Tubby tan any other coach by a very large margin. I did the research once long ago and don’t wish to misrepresent…but the numbers were alarming.

    Tubby spent many years as an assistant, his first HC job was following Nolan Richardson who did a great job at Tulsa. Tubby did a pretty good job in his 4 years at Tulsa but didn’t stay long enough to really put in his system with only his players. Next followed a 2 year stint at Georgia where he once again did a workman like job taking over for Hugh Durham who had Georgia rocking. After only 4 years at Tulsa and 2 years at Georgia…….Tubby was handed the keys to the UK kingdom. This fan realizes he did a pretty good job with the kids RP recruited, but once Tubby’s “system” was in place at UK……UK’s place as a college Bball power started to decline. Regardless what the bald headed goober named Vitale thinks.

    Tubby could flat out coach some Tenacious “D” which helped many UK kids once in the pro’s (IMO) but after the first 3 years or so… just became the same old chit year after year. I love Perry Stevenson, but he is the poster child of what Tubby Smith could recruit (period) due to his old school approach to recruiting and his refusal to deal with the AAU (a huge problem in recruiting circles).

    I personally sensed a true arrogance from both Tubby and his son GG. After a 22-13 season GG was asked a question which was related to the heat his dad was taking as the HC, and GG responded: “We won 20 games this season…and that’s what we call getting it done”. Back in the days when teams were playing 24 games a season the whole “20 wins” deal was relevant….but alas many teams are playing 30+ and many 20 win teams don’t get invited to the big dance either. As well, no sooner than Tubby arrived at UK he stopped playing “Pitino Ball” as if to send a message. The message being to the BBN that “this is my program now, and we will play my way regardless what you think or like”….once again IMHO. Has anybody other than me read the comments made by Scott Padgett regarding the 1998 Championship run? It was only after the loss to Florida that year that the kids on the team, yes the kids told Tubby they wanted to play the way Rick had taught them…..Tubby allowed the change and the rest they say……is history, thank you Scott Padgett for the 1998 Banner.

    But, and I do say but, the one thing that cut it for me was an interview I saw with Tubby later in his tenure at UK. He was asked a question about his job security at UK and his response was:

    “It’s just a job, and I was looking for one when I got it”

    Sorry gang, I don’t think that is the proper response for the Head Coach of the UK Basketball team. While his statement might be true, I could never see Rupp, Joe B, or even Ed Sutton responding in this manner.

    So while he did win a NC while at UK, and he deserves the accolades for this accomplishment. He was never anything other than a mediocre coach who was handed really good jobs due to his resume, which Rick Pitino is largely responsible for.

    If being a good moral person was the only requirement Tubby was a lock.

  59. Dee W
    5:37 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Bluecreeker, I do have a clue – and posted actual facts, not opinions, to indicate as such. You on the other hand posted one inaccuracy after another. Prime examples are your comments about his tenure at Tulsa and Georgia. Tulsa and Georgia were not anywhere near strong or solid as you claimed when he inherited them and he did build them into MUCH stronger programs. He was at Tulsa four years (not two years) and that team had not even made it to NCAA tournament in several years, sometimes not even to the NIT – barely having winning records some years – and in just two years, he built them in a strong winning program which not only made to the NCAA back to back, they went to the Sweet 16 back to back – quite a turnaround. At Georgia, before he got there, they were in the NIT twice in the four years prior and no tournament at all the other two years – barely getting winning records some years and one year with a losing record. Tubby Smith got them into the tournament both years after that long drought, including a Sweet 16 appearance. That’s also a remarkable turnaround. He was also at Georgia 2 years – you said 4.

    You have no facts to back up your statements and appear to have just made up everything as you are going along. You should be embarrassed.

  60. Dee W
    6:26 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Let me retract and apologize for that last line – seemingly I’m attacking your honesty – I have no way of knowing that so I shouldn’t have implied that. However, you were clearly incorrect. I posted Tubby Smith’s record at Kentucky in post 53 – clearly much better than you portrayed it. You were also flat out wrong as I stated before in your comments about Georgia and Tulsa being in “very decent” shape when he inherited them and that they had been going to the NCAA regularly – far from it – they were in VERY weak shape and they were much stronger under his tenure as stated. Indeed, Georgia even had its first back to back seasons in school history with 20 or more wins under Smith.