By LARRY VAUGHT
While everyone may not agree, let me make it clear I am 100 percent in favor of Kentucky putting Tubby Smith into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.
Smith led Kentucky to the 1998 national championship. At the time, the 35 victories during the 1997-98 title run were tied for the second most in a season in program history. He was a three-time National Coach of the Year (1998, 2003, 2005), as well as a three-time SEC Coach of the Year selection. He won five regular-season SEC championships and five SEC Tournament crowns.
In NCAA Tournament play, Smith went 23-9 with the Wildcats. Along with the national title, he guided UK to three additional Elite Eight appearances.
On top of that, he was a nice man who treated others fairly and with respect.
Did I always agree with him? No. Did he let recruiting slip at the end of his tenure? Yes. Was it best for him and UK to part ways when he left for Minnesota? Yes.
But there’s no reason for him not to be in the Hall of Fame and I applaud UK’s decision to include him in this year’s class along with former UK star Rex Chapman.