Myth Busters: Tubby Smith Won a Championship with Rick Pitino's Team

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Myth Busters: Tubby Smith Won a Championship with Rick Pitino's Team
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It has not been a good day for Tubby Smith. He has just gotten fired from Minnesota, and, as if that wasn’t enough, his firing has reopened the debate of rather or not he can coach at all.

A long-standing myth in Kentucky basketball lore is that Tubby Smith’s lone championship in 1998 is more a result of what Rick Pitino left behind, than a product of Tubby’s coaching.

While Tubby clearly inherited a powerhouse program from Pitino, to say that he walked in to championship team is a gross underestimation of not only Tubby Smith’s coaching that season but also what it takes to coach in general.

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