Butler coach Chris Holtman is a native Kentuckian and will send his team against Texas Tech and coach Tubby Smith in the NCAA Tournament Thursday in Raleigh. During his media conference today, he was asked about Smith:
Q. Coach Holtmann, you’re a native Kentuckian and Tubby Smith obviously had great success with the Wildcats there. Have you crossed path was him at all? And were you a Tubby Smith and Kentucky fan growing up?
CHRIS HOLTMANN: You know, Tubby Smith is my mom’s second favorite basketball coach. I think she — and he’s her favorite Kentucky basketball Coach. She has great, I think respect — anybody that has been around Coach Smith has great respect and admiration for who he is, and I’ve not got a chance to spend a whole lot of time with him. In Puerto Rico, we crossed paths a little bit and had a conversation, but, you know, my mom is a life-long Kentucky fan, as is my family, and she still listens to every single Kentucky game. As a matter of fact, if Butler and Kentucky are playing at the same time, she’ll watch Butler and listen to Kentucky.
She’s got a great, as does my family, a great respect for Coach Smith, as do I.