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Friday Headlines: Tubby Smith Edition

The former Kentucky coach had such a special career.

NCAA Basketball: High Point at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats head coach Tubby Smith is retiring from the sport.

Now the head coach at High Point, Smith announced this week that he’ll leave immediately with his son G.G. Smith taking over as acting head coach for the remainder of this season. He’ll also coach the team for their 2022-2023 season.

Smith, now 70 years old, was a national champion with the Wildcats and has been a head coach every season since 1991. He made seven stops along the way, starting with Tulsa and ending at High Point. Smith finishes his NCAA coaching career with a 642-349 record and one Final Four appearance that led to his national championship.

Kentucky was able to host High Point on New Year's Eve this season and celebrate Smith as they lifted his jersey into the rafters. Head coach John Calipari had the following to say when Smith’s retirement was announced.

ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg had a warming comment regarding the man Smith was not just as a basketball coach but a role model for players, too.

Sportscaster Jimmy Dykes echoed Greenberg’s comments on Smith.

Over the last couple of days, everyone around the sport has went out of their way to pay their respects to Smith as he steps away from the sport. The respect and congratulations from so many former players and others that have spent so much time around the game speaks volumes to what Smith has meant to the game of college basketball.

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