The Google thingy is reporting that Texas Tech has hired Tubby Smith as its men's basketball coach. Solid move, so much better than the others.
- Bob Knight? Total headline grabbing move of an old hypocrite who didn't realize just saying "Bob Knight" did not mean kids wanted to play for him.
- Pat Knight? Tech should never, ever have let Bob quit so he could give his son a job he clearly was not qualified to accept.
- Billy Gillispie? Actually liked this one but it blew up in their face.
- Tommy Tuberville? Nice guy, spoke well on camera, and not a good fit for Lubbock.
Tech hiring Smith is consistent with the philosophy of hiring guys who want to be in Lubbock and won't leave Texas Tech - like bringing in Kliff Kingsbury to coach the football team.
Tubby may never win a national title at Texas Tech, but he should be able to recruit some kids out there and make the Red Raiders a competitive and relevant basketball program.
That's what he does. What Tubby did at Minnesota was highly underrated.
He was fired at Kentucky after he won a national title with Rick Pitino's recruits but could not repeat that success and eventually took over at Minnesota to replace Dan Monson in March of 2007.
Tubby led the Gophers to three NCAA tournaments, including this season when UM defeated sixth-seeded UCLA for the program's first tourney win since 1997. He was rewarded by being fired.
He wins a lot of games, his programs don't get in trouble, and he's a decent guy who acts as a good spokesperson for his school. At this stage in his career - he's 61 - and having bounced around several jobs and having some success since 1995, he should also be at a place in his life where he doesn't want to leave.
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