One of my all time favorite coaches, Tubby Smith, whether you agree or don't agree, deserves to be on here.
From his time at Georgia, his great years at Kentucky, and now at Minnesota, Tubby Smith has took on his doubters year in and year out. They say he can't recruit, he can't coach, he can't win big games.
Well for those who think that, you're wrong.
At Tulsa Smith went 79-43 in four years. He took Tulsa to the NCAA tournament in his final two years there, both went to the Sweet 16. Since then, I haven't even saw Tulsa in the tournament. I could be wrong, but if so, they haven't been back to the Sweet 16.
At Georgia he went 45-19 in two seasons, taking the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 in his first season there.
His glory days were just around the corner, at the University of Kentucky.
As the Wildcats head man Smith posted a 263-83 record. He won 20 or more games in all 10 of his seasons, and 30 or more twice. He had six Sweet 16 appearances, he went to the Elite Eight four times, a Final Four appearance, and the 1997-1998 national title.
During his years at Kentucky, especially the last two, he was nothing but bashed from the UK faithful. He couldn't recruit, win, and his coaching style didn't fir the Kentucky standards.
Smith was also talked about "not being able to win with his own players" after his lone national title with what many say, "Pitino's players". Smith was under to much heat at Kentucky, and finally got out.
Now at Minnesota, Smith is turning the Golden Gopher program back around. In his first two seasons he is 42-25, with back to back post season appearances, and 20 win seasons.
Smith has a solid recruiting class coming in for 2009-2010, ranked in the top 25 or many recruiting websites, and the Gophers should be contending to win the Big 10 again this upcoming year.
Like him, dislike him, believe he can't recruit, the stats for this man don't lie. 429 wins, 16 20-win seasons, and many good recruits, this man is a top coach in the country.