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Chuck Hayes and Tubby Smith Reunite

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Two beacons of basketball in the Bluegrass are back together and it feels so good.

Chuck Hayes, mistaken once by a dumb blogger as Keldon Johnson’s Dad, shared the following photo on Instagram alongside his former Kentucky head coach, Orlando “Tubby” Smith. For Kentucky fans of a certain era, hard-nosed defense combined with heart and hustle from an undersized big like Chuck Hayes defined what Kentucky basketball was all about.


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This picture have not have been recently taken. Regardless, Hayes’ post gives us an opportunity to relive some of that combo’s great moments from the early 00s on a #FlashbackFriday. Remember that time they made a UK Basketball version of MTV Cribs?

One of Hayes’ finest moments was in the closing seconds of the SEC Tournament. No. 44 went right at LSU’s Big Baby Davis and scored the go-ahead bucket with 7.9 remaining in overtime. He then contested a shot at the other end and grabbed a rebound to secure a one-point UK victory.

This video is a little too heavy on the soundbites for my taste but I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing much, much younger versions of Kevin Stallings and Rick Stansbury.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Chuck Hayes and Tubby Smith Reunite

  1. mcp157
    5:21 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    I miss Tubby. A man’s man!

  2. neat1ky
    5:55 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    Not a big recruiter and after winning with pitino players his 1st yr we went next 9 yrs no final four with 2 only 2 final 8 in that stretch and yes he was a very likable coach

  3. neat1ky
    5:56 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    Correction only 2 final 8 one 1 final four(title) in 10 yrs

  4. IndianaSucks
    6:32 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    Both are class acts

  5. JDid
    7:15 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    Tubby was the only Coach UGA ever had that I really wanted in Lexington. Kentucky called – he answered. Stegman or Rupp? Passion? Or passing the time until fall? EHS fans will ask: “What about Hugh Durham”? KENTUCKY had decent coaches at that time – when Coach Hall was there. That;’s another argument in re reduced tenure. We could all argue over Sutton ad infinitum – I’d argue he never did ANYTHING that no other coach had done before…only he got setup and or caught. Good coach; as was Haskins. So when Pitino bolted for more money and ego-satiating prestige, we all wanted Tubby. Down to Earth Good Human and great coach. And it was good. If you didn’t like him or what he accomplished, that’s your opinion. He was a good coach who did good things for KENTUCKY Basketball and well-represented the University. I am proud of that chapter; as much as when Pitino was at the helm. And, Joe B. And Rupp. It is a fine chapter in history.

  6. AppreciateTheCall
    7:50 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    Tubby is the man and still looking young!

  7. panicpat
    8:24 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    Tubby was a great coach

  8. panicpat
    8:25 pm January 29, 2021 Permalink

    He also recruited shooters

  9. trumpetguy
    2:36 am January 30, 2021 Permalink

    Met Tubby at airport in Hawaii for the first and only time in Nov ’97. He stopped and chatted hoops with me for about 30 minutes as if we were old friends. Great guy, a class act, and I wish him well in the future.

  10. Urincatland
    2:47 am January 30, 2021 Permalink

    Tubby and Chuck were both TOP NOTCH PEOPLE that represented UK as good as anyone that’s walked through that day.

  11. catdaddyd
    2:13 pm January 30, 2021 Permalink

    Since winning title in 1998 his record is 468-283. 62.3%. Since leaving UK his record is 240-204. 54.1%