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What They Are Saying About Tubby Smith


"Tubby Smith a super hire for Texas Tech."
Dick Vitale, ESPN Analyst

"I love the Tubby Smith hire at Texas Tech. At the very least, he'll get that program back on its feet & make it competitive again."
Jason King, ESPN College Basketball Writer

"I am very happy for Tubby and for Texas Tech. What a terrific choice. Certainly, Tubby is a very accomplished coach with a national championship on his résumé and he is also one of the great people in the game today. As Tubby has done everywhere he's coached, he will represent Texas Tech in a first-class manner and do an outstanding job leading the program."
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Head Coach

"Coach Smith brings a wealth of experience and success to the Big 12 Conference. Over a very long period of time I have admired both Tubby's achievements and the manner in which he has conducted himself. With Coach Smith's hiring at Texas Tech our conference adds its sixth coach that has guided a team to the Final Four. There is no question that Tubby's leadership at Texas Tech will further enhance an already highly competitive conference."
Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference Commissioner

"Coach Smith and I go back a long time. He recruited me when I was junior college player and he was at the University of Tulsa. My entire family fell in love with him but obviously I ended up going to Texas Tech. I think this is an awesome decision and Coach Smith and the Red Raiders have my full support. I am thrilled because I feel like our basketball program is in the absolute best hands possible."
Darvin Ham, Former Red Raider and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach

"Tubby Smith is one of the most respected basketball coaches in the nation. His values and character will be a perfect fit for West Texas and for Texas Tech."
Marsha Sharp, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Coach

"When Texas Tech hired Bob Knight, I thought it was a coup for the school, and landing Tubby Smith is every bit the same. He is a great coach - an elite coach - one that I've had the privilege of playing against for the last 15 years or so. Through our great battles, I've always appreciated how hard his teams have played and the way he's been a classy competitor, regardless of outcome. He's an incredible person that will be respected and loved in the community, every bit as much as he is in the coaching profession. There is no question that he will be very successful at Texas Tech."
Tom Izzo, Michigan State Head Coach

"It's a great day for Texas Tech Basketball. Tubby Smith is a GREAT coach and an even better person! Better days are immediately ahead for Texas Tech Basketball."
Roy Williams, North Carolina Head Coach

 

 

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