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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Schedule High Point Immediately

Unlike in college football, where the games are scheduled years in advance, the college basketball schedule can still be tinkered with before next season.  And if there is one priority for something that needs to be done immediately it will be getting High Point on the schedule.  Why?  Because it is absolutely time for Tubby Smith to get his day of honor at Rupp Arena.  While many celebrated Tubby’s departure from Kentucky in 2007 and continue to unfairly hold his great career at Kentucky against Rupp and Pitino (and Calipari now), the man deserved to have his “jersey” hung from the rafters at Rupp Arena.  There are really only 2 reasons for this:

  1. He won a national title and every coach to win a national title at Kentucky has his name in the rafters (and Cal will).
  2. We saw with Billy Gillispie how bad it actually could be.

Everyone who wanted to ignore Tubby’s dent in UK history because he couldn’t make it back to the Final Four hopefully saw with Gillispie that it could be a whole lot worse.  Tubby did it with class and continued to keep Kentucky as an elite basketball power.  Did he do it as good as his predecessor?  Of course not.  Did he do it as good as Calipari?  Of course not.  Did he coach his teams at an elite level?  Of course he did.

While at Minnesota, Texas Tech, and Memphis, it was hard to schedule games against Tubby because of the almost certain requirement UK would have to return a home game for those teams.  At High Point, that is no longer a barrier.  Hell, as long as Tubby is there I say give High Point a spot on the schedule every year.  Give Tubby a chance for a yearly standing ovation and give him the recognition of his legacy that he deserves, including a banner in the rafters.

This program is as much about the history than it is the present.  Tubby Smith made a significant mark on our history.  We have not given him the credit he deserves for that for various reasons, some outside of the school’s control and some not.  But a decade after our national championship winning coach has left, it is time to welcome him home.  I urge the UK athletic department to make this happen during the summer.  Our history calls for it.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

18 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Schedule High Point Immediately

  1. Rain1940
    11:09 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Excellent column BTI. Tubby deserves his spot in the rafters and was a much better coach than some give him credit for, just not a great recruiter.

  2. jahanc2uky
    11:12 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    100% Agreed! Everyone that disagrees can eat it!

  3. JHyamo
    11:18 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Its about time we honored TUbby. Good column BTI

  4. Cowboy
    11:18 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Agree 100% Get it done UK.

  5. lexslamman
    11:23 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    The man is in the Hall of Fame and he deserves a place in the rafters. Furthermore, a series against High Point would expose our young players to one of the best-designed and best-coached defenses college basketball has ever seen (Tony Bennett, eat your heart out).

    Tubby was not just a winner while he was at UK, but he “won the right way.” While other coaches out there might succumb to the pressure at a place like UK and conduct themselves and the program poorly, Tubby remained a class act his entire time in Lexington.

    Furthermore, I think people forget too easily the talent and beloved names Tubby brought to Lexington – from standouts like KeithBogans and Tayshaun Prince and Jodie Meeks to beloved players like Gerald Fitch and Chuck Hayes and Ramel Bradley, the tradition of excellence on court was sustained, for the most part, during his tenure.

    Put Tubby in the rafters, where he belongs.

  6. CoachCat
    11:34 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Perfect year to do it. He’s on the Makers Mark bottle coming out on Friday

  7. Shredder
    11:51 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    If you want to say he won a national championship, I can hear your argument. However, using BCG as a measuring stick makes anyone look like an all-star. That’s not a valid argument. I think the standards for hanging a jersey are a little low at UK in general. I think UNC has a standards for getting a jersey hung.

    One of these criteria must be met to qualify for a retired jersey at UNC:
    Associated Press Player of the Year; Naismith College Player of the Year; John R. Wooden Award; Sporting News Player of the Year; Oscar Robertson Trophy, formerly USBWA National Player of the Year; National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year

    • Shredder
      11:52 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      One of these criteria must be met to qualify for an honored jersey at UNC:
      Member of a gold medal-winning Olympic team; MVP of a National Championship-winning team; First- or second-team All-America; ACC Player of the Year; NCAA Tournament MOP;

    • Blenheimbard
      12:52 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Shredder you conveniently overlook that all the criteria listed ONLY apply to Players, none refer to coaches. Besides they are UNC’s “standards”, and I feel no need to copy their standards on anything, whether it be hanging banners or academic standards.

      Now go flog your dead horse elsewhere.

      And of course Tubby deserves his day in the spotlight back at Rupp, and scheduling his new school would be an appropriate way to do it. Bring on High Point U.

    • 7mm08
      4:10 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s get this straight. You say comparisons between two of our past coaches are invalid, but somehow think UNC’s jersey hanging procedures should play a role in ours? That makes about as much sense as a screen door on a submarine. I can’t get past the hubris involved in thinking you are the arbiter of legitimate arguments, especially for such nonsensical reasons.

  8. Peter Criss
    11:51 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    This most certainly needs to happen.

  9. rickwhitetx
    12:13 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    AGREED!!! Make it happen!

  10. chief_cat
    12:19 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Absolutely! Let’s do it!

  11. Keather
    12:23 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Agree, Tubby is a great person and great coach, He was not the best recruiter but he got the most out of his players. He did not embrace the role of Ambassador of the program and was not one to smooze the fan base or boosters, but he was all class.

    It has to be done this year!

  12. Megan
    12:31 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    No mention in the article or in the comments that Tubby was the first black head coach of the Kentucky basketball program (see Fletcher Carr for any sport). I find this interesting. My initial reaction was, “Are we no longer going to give him that recognition?” At the time of his hiring, it was certainly news.

    But the more I think about it, the more I see this as a good sign. At some point, if we’re going to get past our superficial differences, we’re not going to feel it necessary to mention that someone was the first person of color to do something. If it’s not particularly noteworthy because it’s not particularly surprising or even interesting, that’s where we want to find ourselves as a society.

  13. IheartRex
    1:28 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Tubby deserves it for sure. Get his name in the rafters!!

  14. krautdog
    3:18 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink


  15. Alleykat16
    8:41 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    It needs to happen. Tubby was under alot of pressure while at UK to get to the final 4 again. And he could have crumbled to do things that could have hurt him and the school but he didn’t and I respect that. And like others have said he brought some outstanding players here that went on to have successful careers in the NBA and in other professions. So bring Tubby back for a game and in front of his wife and children and BBN put the jersey in the rafters.