Tubby Smith was awarded a great honor last night being inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame, and watching his speech just reminds us how awesome he is. While he left the UK basketball program a little bit lower than most fans wanted, he did win a title and he still loves Big Blue Nation.
Tubby Smith was a three-time National Coach of the Year in 1998, 2003, and 2005, as well as a three-time SEC Coach of the Year selection. While at the helm, Kentucky basketball claimed five regular-season SEC championships and five SEC Tournament crowns. In the NCAA Tournament, Tubby finished his career at UK with a stellar 23-9 record, and along with a national title in ’98 he guided UK to three additional Elite Eight appearances. In SEC Tournament action, he owned a 20-5 mark going on to win five championships. Smith coached UK to 22 or more victories in all 10 of his seasons.