Mark Story

March 25, 2013

Mark Story: Tubby Smith is too decent, too 'normal' for what major-college hoops coaching is now

Of all the major basketball coaches I've covered, Tubby Smith is the most "normal," the personality that seemed the most balanced. In a profession now dominated by cutthroat workaholics and deal-cutting confidence men, you wonder if that has become an insurmountable weakness?

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About Mark Story

Mark Story


I am a native Kentuckian, a graduate of North Hardin High School (Radcliff) and the University of Kentucky. I came to the Herald-Leader in the glamorous position of agate clerk on Aug. 27, 1990. Since that time, I’ve worked as small-college beat reporter, sports enterprise/investigative reporter and, since August, 2001, as a full-time sports columnist.