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Watch Tubby Smith’s induction speech

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.

You can also watch Josh Hopkins’ speech and Rex Chapman’s too.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

23 Comments for Watch Tubby Smith’s induction speech

  1. 2MoreYearsBetterThanBillyG
    11:22 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Class act. Don’t ever want to see him in the tourny.

  2. MacGruber
    11:29 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t worry, you won’t.

  3. RexRox
    11:31 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations to Tubby. Well deserved!

  4. Dennis Smith
    11:51 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    The highlight of Tubby’s career will be his time at Kentucky. The program was set back by Tubby’s time at Kentucky. The person/s responsible are C.M. Newton, and Mitch Barnhart. Tubby and Donna are fine people that deserve much thanks for doing the best they could for Kentucky while they were here.

  5. Dee W.
    11:53 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Going ahead and getting this posted before the historical revisionists show up with their typical nonsense:

    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 Round of 32

    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 National Coach of the Year, Henry Iba Award for best national coach of the year, AP National Coach of the Year, first team since 1952 to go undefeated through SEC conference play through both the regular season and tournament (and first and only to do so with 16 regular season games), new record set for highest attendance at a game at Rupp Arena during this season, largest margin of victory (62 points) over an opponent in a game since 1952, first college coach since 1975 to sweep all NCAA recognized national coach of the year honors in the same season

    2003 — 2004 — 27-5 overall, 13-3 SEC, SEC Tournament Champions, Granted #1 overall seed NCAA tournament, NCAA round of 32

    2004 — 2005 — 28-6 overall, 14-2 SEC, #1 recruiting class SEC regular season Champions, SEC tournament runner-up, NCAA Elite Eight, SEC Coach of the Year, Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, AP National Coach of the Year

    2005 — 2006 — 22-13 overall, 9-7 SEC, NCAA round of 32

    2006 — 2007 — 22-12 overall, 9-7 SEC, NCAA round of 32

    3rd longest serving Head Coach at UK (10 years — a decade)

    12 total years coaching at UK

    Great ambassador for the program

    Charitable work which continues to have a strong positive impact to this day

    Tayshaun Prince was recently on KSTV and talks a lot about the influence Coach Smith had on him as a player and a person starting at about 5:04 in the video below:

  6. tyrus
    12:13 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Just curious of the reason(s) why his wife and two of three sons decided not to attend.

  7. eddie vedder
    12:47 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Add still has never recruited ONE player that ever played in a Final Four to the list.

  8. MacGruber
    1:16 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    6. Saul had a hair appointment and GG had to drive.

    2:01 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    I was not a fan of Tubby ball. year after year he made the same statement, we are going to play uptempo basketball & he never did. his title should be credited to pitino because he left tubby a full cupboard of talent unlike what he left billy clyde. he could not recruit top level talent because of his plow horse style of play. minnysoda did UK a favor & then they had the balls to do what UK could not do FIRE TUBBY. he may be a super nice guy but that does not make up for coaching & recruiting. I for one am glad he’s long gone just wish it had happened sooner than it did.

  10. Hawkfather47
    2:14 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    #6 GG was hired as head coach at Loyola (MD) after Jimmy Patsos took the job at Siena. Patsos wasn’t happy about Loyola leaving for the Patriot League, so Jimmy took the opening at Siena so he could stay in the MAAC. GG had been an assistant at Loyola since ’07-08 and has been instrumental in their recent success (’12 MAAC title and first NCAA tourney birth since ’94). He’s got a lot of his father in him and have no doubt he’ll do great things over the next 30+ years coaching college hoops.

    I’d say Donna is still a bit sour after all these years, and I can’t say I blame her.

  11. Donnie D
    2:18 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Bit sour from what ? Getting rich for nothing.

  12. James
    2:19 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Top Tubby Moment: I was in the crowd at the Duke/Butler final a few years ago, and Tubby was near the court doing a tv interview. Some duke fans approached him to take a picture, and he agreed. Right as the camera flashed, he covered up the “D” and the “E” on one of their shirts. Just an awesome guy.

  13. Linda Taylor
    2:40 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    If you haven’t watched the Josh Hopkins intro speech of Rex Chapman please do so, it is hilarious. He is so like all the rest of us geeking whenever we see our favorite players. What sets UK apart and makes it truly special is the BBN behind the team and the coaches and players know it and appreciate it. Congrats to all the new inductees.

  14. Hawkfather47
    3:01 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    #9 Tubby’s best team was that ’03 squad that went 16-0 in the SEC regular season with Hawkins, Fitch, Bogans, Hayes, Estill, Daniels, Camara, Barbour and Azubuike. Not a bad 8-man rotation there. They were all Tubby guys that played tenacious defense and displayed some of the best ball movement throughout the season I’ve ever seen at the college level. People rarely bring up the fact that Bogans was severely hobbled by a high ankle sprain suffered vs Wisconsin – one that would usually knock a guy out for 2 weeks at minimum – but Bogans played two days later and had the task of trying to guard D-Wade lol. If that was Cal’s team, EVERY FAN would have excused that loss and given him a pass due to the Bogans injury. But instead, Tubby got completely shat on by the fans.

    Tubby brought in the #1 recruiting class in the country in ’04-05 with Rondo, Morris and Crawford – who were all in the top 25 – as well as Bradley, who was a 4-star. Sparks also transferred in that year. But people like you say Tubby couldn’t recruit. The Cats won the SEC regular season title, Tubby won coach of the year and they were knocked out in the Elite 8. No different from Cal’s 2010 #1 overall class that got knocked out in the Elite 8. But Cal gets excused by fans for a poor shooting night from beyond the arc and Tubby gets shat on for not being able to get his guys to ‘gel’. It’s not easy to get a bunch blue chip 18-19 year old kids to gel together, especially when you have a headcase like Rondo on your team. And for that I give major props Cal’s championship run here at UK. But I feel like Tubby’s ’98 run was just as impressive, if not more. You think it’s easy to come into a program and replace a legend? You think it’s easy to get a bunch of kids who were recruited and coached by a HOF coach and suddenly get them to buy into what you’re selling? Tubby did a remarkable job making that difficult transition.

  15. Overrated
    3:22 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    I wish tubby and his family the best, however i also wish big blue nation had not suffered through his program wrecking years.

  16. Mediocre
    3:25 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby is a ass act.

  17. Mediocre? Really?
    3:38 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    “Mediocre”-You may strive for mediocrity but you will never attain it. You are an Idiot.

  18. Dee W.
    3:42 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink—Basketball.aspx?ProductID=effa307f-2828-4714-9d02-69b12662be54#

    There’s a full game from the Tubby Smith era there…and one of the most fun to watch ever.

  19. Dee W.
    3:47 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    “Overrated” – your wish is granted. The “program wrecking” times of which you speak never existed.

  20. Jim
    5:40 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Most overrated coach in basketball .

  21. bigredbleedsblue
    6:30 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby was a class act. I still get mad thinking about how we got rid of him and got Billy Clyde! Talk about vast differences. Didn’t always win every game, but Tubby was possibly the nicest most humble coach we’ve ever had. Glad to see UK honoring him and I look forward to seeing his banner in the rafters. He will always represent the University well.

  22. Alumni Drive
    6:59 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Rex Chapman is cool, and always a good interview. Smart and articulate and low-key funny. As to Tubby, I was one who thought he should probably resign. He didn’t live up to the fans’ expectations. But a lot of those expectations were absurdly high, he had a terrific record overall, and he handled himself well through a lot of unwarranted abuse. I don’t want to be lumped in with the “fans” who are still spitting hate on him after all this time.

  23. martin
    11:00 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    You near sighted, small minded people commenting on Tubby’s best teams and worst need to just appreciate the humbleness of a MAN. What a guy. He has much to be proud of and I, for one, am very proud to say that he coached at the University of Kentucky. Great speech.