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Report: Tubby Smith to enter Kentucky’s Hall of Fame

Aug 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Tubby Smith is headed back to Kentucky, and this time it’s permanent.

The former Wildcat head coach has been chosen as one of six members of the new Kentucky Hall of Fame class.

Smith took over for Rick Pitino at Kentucky for the 1997-1998 season and went on to win the national title that year. He would end up winning five SEC regular season and five SEC tournament titles before eventually being forced out in 2007.

Smith is currently the head coach at Texas Tech.

The only other member of Kentucky’s basketball program that will be enshrined is Rex Chapman. Rex was a high school legend in Owensboro, KY, before becoming a member of Big Blue Nation in the mid-80’s. He scored 1,073 points in his two seasons in Lexington before heading off to the NBA, where he was the No. 8 pick in the draft and hung around the league for 12 years.

So Tubby, how do you feel about making the Hall of Fame with Rex Chapman?

  1. chrisbradley9 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Great for Tubby, he was a class act all the way. GO CATS…

  2. prov1x - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    The way they ran him out of town I wouldn’t blame him if he no showed.

  3. sincy420 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Tubby was ‘ran out of town’ because he stopped recruiting. He let his assistants do all of the recruiting and they were horrible at it. David Hobbs, Scott Rigot, and Reggie Hanson just ain’t cutting at a place like UK, or NKU, or Cincinnati State for that matter..

    Look back at his assistants while at UK and then at Minnesota, the common thread is that they suck. (You cannot honestly tell me that Saul Smith would have had an assistants job at any other school if it wasn’t for his dad.) Tubby actually had a player go to a prep school rather than accept a ride at UK. Tubby is a DECENT x’s and o’s coach with a boring azz vanilla style of play.

    I’ve had the pleasure of talking with him a few times and he is nice gentleman, but not a great BB coach.

  4. gilessm - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Forced out? My recollection is he was never fired and secretly negotiated a job with Minnesota while still employed at UK. It was probably heading in that direction, but if he was “forced out” then we all can only be so lucky. Glad he’ll join the HOF. Deserves it. But I wouldn’t feel too bad for him and he has every reason to show up (unless he secretly is being admitted to Minnesota’s HOF at the same time).

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