Add Tubby Smith's Name to the Ever Growing List of Possible Coaches at Arizona
So, why not have a rumor of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith being a possible candidate? Maybe because, aside from Smith winning a national championship and being a "name" coach, the idea makes little sense.
Forget being "comfortable" and having a very good recruiting class coming next year, as cited in the story. How about the fact that Tubby Smith has been through a similar scenario before? Smith had to follow Rick Pitino at Kentucky. Winning a national championship wasn't enough because it was done with Pitino's players. Then it simply was that Smith could never measure up to the past coaching greats at Kentucky.
There was a reason he left, and moved to Minnesota. Why would he want to follow a sequel in Arizona where everything he did would be compared to Lute Olson? He's already seen how that kind of situation ends.