When I heard that Tubby Smith was going to Minnesota, my first thought was Timberwolves.
If Smith thought there was pressure at Kentucky, wait until he discovers Minneapolis, Minnetonka and Morris, St. Paul, Sauk Center and Shakopee.
No matter what the man does, he will forever be measured against Gopher coaching legends such as Clem Haskins, who named a daughter Clemette, plus whoever the last two guys were.
Expectations will be unreal. Every season fans will demand that the Golden Gophers win 40% of their Big Ten games, and every third season fans will demand that Tubby take his team to the NIT.
I spent four years at the school, and grew up supporting its teams. I’m not aware of anybody who won consistently without cheating.
Commentators and columnists nationally are ripping Kentucky fans for their tepid support of Tubby. I won’t. We’re talking about Kentucky. The Wildcats are supposed to be elite, and Tubby was merely good.
If you think fans at North Carolina basketball are any more forgiving, call Matt Doherty.