From here on out, veteran coach Tubby Smith deserves the moniker of “super nanny.” Reports are now coming out that Smith will be the next coach of the misguided Texas Tech Red Raiders, who have fallen victim of poor leadership over the past few seasons.
Smith will take control of the program from inerim coach Chris Walker, who boldly led the Red Raiders to an 11-2o record this season and a 3-15 record in Big 12 play. This season, Smith had arguably his best season as Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach, leading the program to their first NCAA tournament win.
Minnesota did have tournament victories in 1997, but those wins were taken away by the NCAA. Smith spent six seasons in Minneapolis and took his teams to three NCAA tournaments before being fired last week.
Texas Tech is in more of an ideal situation than they realize. Expectations are low for the program, and a new, veteran, proven coach is now taking control. Smith is known as a strong recruiter, and has the experience necessary to correct yet another disgruntled basketball program.
No official announcement has been made regarding the hire of Smith, though someone close to the negotiation has told the Associated Press that both sides agreed to terms Monday.
In the end, which jobless coach is more qualified for this position than Smith? He is a no-nonsense leader with the know-how of a proven winner.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.