Tubby Smith is aware of the FBI closing in on college basketball, but the Memphis Tigers coach isn’t all that concerned with it. In his mind, he’s always run clean programs. Due to that, there’s no reason to worry about what is happening with the feds.
“The softest pillow you can sleep on is a clear conscience,” Smith said to the Commercial Appeal.
Tubby Smith stood at a presser, staring at reporters, discussing values and the importance of not cutting corners. It was almost as if it were a victory lap for a coach who has been trying to do it the “right way.”
“You’ve got to do the right things in this business,” Smith said.
And: “The time is always right to do the right things.”
And: “You don’t rush things and you don’t take shortcuts.”
This is all happening while Rick Pitino is saying that it not only fails to matter if he’s Coach 2 in the FBI’s probe, but that he will be vindicated when the process is all said and done. Two pretty different approaches, though both are in two drastically different situations.
“I’m very grateful that I had parents that taught me those values of doing things the right way,” Tubby Smith Said.
To close this, Smith talked about the reality of college hoops:
“There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things,” said Smith. But the right way still has to include wins.
Who knows what happens next with the FBI closing in, but at least Memphis fans should feel somewhat reassured that their program is not dirty.