out on the web. Lots. So as your dutiful servant, I search so you don't have to.
First up, Tre' Kelley from South Carolina has about had it with all the Tubby Smith criticism, and decides to say something about it:
It's always nice when another team's players says things like this about our program, no matter who our coach may be. I have always had a high opinion of Kelley, and he clearly thinks a lot of Kentucky basketball as well as Tubby Smith.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports on rumors of a staff shake-up in the UK basketball coaching staff, and Jerry Tiption says it will happen:
The presence of Jeff Schneider in the Kentucky cheering section at the SEC Tournament only fueled such speculation. Schneider served as an assistant coach for Smith at Tulsa. According to his Web site, he is the president and founder of a recruiting service, Schneider All Stars.com, and runs camps for prospects. Among the players who've participated in his camps is Jerryd Bayless of Arizona.
Interesting. Also mentioned are other names that should be familiar to UK fans - Phil Cunningham and Rod Barnes. Personally, I'm not the least bit surprised at Barnes' mention, just not so sure he would help much.
The Courier-Journal thinks Smith would rather have all this criticism from fans than worry about filling Rupp arena:
"I think that's why we've had such success, why we've had so much consistent success over the years, because of that passion by all of our Wildcat fans," he said.
Well, that's certainly one way to turn a negative into a positive.
The Herald-Leader calls foul on the SEC officiating crew during the Wildcats' latest loss:
But this one was even better:
And from the "damnation by faint praise" department, Eric Crawford looks askance at UK's season, but concludes that the Cats deserve to be in the NCAA tournament - but only just:
So UK wins a bid more by attrition than by the quality of its season. Much as I dislike his writing, I can't find it in me to disagree too much with his conclusion.
I have seen several bloggers from up Motor City way salivating over the possibility that Tubby Smith might be available next season. As you may know, Michigan hoops fans are fed up with Tommy Amaker, and for good reason - arguably, no coach in the NCAA has done less with more:
Does this sound, umm ... familiar in any way to you?
How's that old saying go again - "One man's junk is another man's treasure", or something like that? Not that Tubby is junk, by any means, but there are certainly some people out there hoping that he won't be in Lexington next year, and not all of them are Kentucky fans.