Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-10-19 19:32:52 –
Lexington, Kentucky — The University of Kentucky will raise a jersey under the name of Tabby Smith in the Rupp Arena for a former Wildcats coach to play High Point University’s team in the UK on December 31st.
Smith led Kentucky to the national championship in 1998. He stayed in Lexington for 10 seasons, setting records for 263-83, 5 SEC Regular Season Championships and 5 SEC Tournament Championships. Smith was named National Coach of the Year three times (1998, 2003, 2005) with the SEC Coach of the Year while in the UK.
“Adding another name to the list of people who see your name in Rupp Arena’s Rafter is a sense of great pride, fun, and excitement. That’s Orlando’s” Tubby “Smith,” Barnh said. Hart said. “National Championship Coach, National Coach of the Year, Tabby, the gentleman who brought many classes, honors and excellence to Britain, is special and very valuable. We were given the opportunity to honor him. I’m grateful and will do so when his team starts playing cats in December. Many will want to come back and be part of that time with Tabby (wife). Donna has made a great contribution to the structure of Kentucky University. I would like to thank them in a special way. “
Smith also served as an assistant coach for two seasons in Kentucky from 1989 to 1991. He has accumulated 631 career victories and has led the program in Tulsa, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Memphis. He was impressed with the decision when Barnhart made a video call to let him know that his jersey was hanging in the Rupp Arena.
“It’s very humble,” Smith said. “I’m certainly grateful that I had the opportunity to lead the program. Great people out there, great fans, you can’t find better people. They’re not just in basketball, but in the days of Wildcats. I am passionate about the game. Thank you. I am looking forward to it.
“Do you have enough tickets for my family?” Smith continued with a laugh. “We have 17 brothers and sisters. It will be an empty town in Scotland, Maryland!”
Smith will be 44 years oldNS A retired jersey to hang on the rafters of Rupp Arena. He retired from the jersey by joining all the coaches of Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino and other previous national championships. John Calipari isn’t qualified to raise him yet, but he’s excited about Smith.
“Tabby and I have been friends for years,” said Calipari. “He deserves this honor. He won a big win here and did it in class. Tabby influenced many people in and around this program, and he played for him and this fan. Loved by the base. I can’t wait for his flag to be raised. “
After leaving the UK, there is a five-year waiting period to qualify for the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Famers are eligible to retire from the jersey five years after being elected to the Hall of Fame. It was voted by the retired Jersey Subcommittee of the British Athletics Hall of Fame Committee.