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June 12, 2006

I can't believe what I read recently. I know it is summertime and people are bored, but you cannot be serious about this story. Give me a break. A gentleman wanted to put together an advertisement asking Kentucky to fire coach Tubby Smith.

I guess some people live in an incredible world and I don't get what they are thinking. When you analyze and evaluate Tubby Smith's resume, how could anyone want to get him fired?

A guy named Richard Cheeks -- I don't know him and he is certainly entitled to his opinion -- sounds like he is brighter than me since he has two degrees in engineering and law from Kentucky. Where is his logic?

It is one thing to bash a guy, but to try to chase him out of town, wanting him to lose his job, something the affects his family … GIVE ME A BREAK!

Smith has put together a resume that warrants Hall of Fame consideration. That's right, that's how good it is. Consider his numbers in nine seasons coaching in Lexington: 170 games over .500 (241-71), good for a .772 win percentage. He has an NCAA championship to his credit. His teams have won at least 22 games each season, and have 27 or more wins in five of those nine years.

That's pretty impressive, my friends. Yet Mr. Cheeks feels Tubby should be fired. If he could do his job half as well as Tubby has, he would be OK.

Ultimately, Tubby will be in the Hall of Fame, in my opinion.

I give Tubby credit for putting up with this … he is stronger than me. I would have a tough time dealing with some of the nonsense he has put up with. I don't want to hear Kentucky has all the resources because opponents always play at a different level when they see that Wildcats uniform.

Smith is a class guy. He and his family deserve better. I am glad the Kentucky Kernel did not want to run the ad for $1,700. Mr. Cheeks would be better off spending his money donating it to charity and helping people in need.

Tubby cares for people. He is a giving, charitable individual. I know because he played a vital part in raising money in Florida for the Boys and Girls Clubs, coming down here on his own dime.

Mr. Cheeks is a member of my All-Wacko team for wanting to see Tubby fired. Mr. Smith is one of the true Rolls Royce coaches in America.

Tubby deserves better. Mr. Cheeks is entitled to his opinion and that's what makes out country special. However, logic doesn't always prevail, my friends.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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