This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Team thoughts: Tubby Smith becomes 19th active coach to reach 500

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Tubby Smith Updated: December 11, 2012 - 12:32 PM

 

 

UPDATE: this is me admitting I was wrong, below. Majerus was not counted in the original listing, and I figured out which I missed (Jerry Slocum, Youngstown St.). I added him in below.

Gophers coach Tubby Smith joined elite company on Saturday, getting his 500th career win in a 71-57 victory over USC.

Smith is actually the 18th active Division I coach to reach that plateau (Media has been reporting he’s the 19th, but after wracking my brain and wracking the internet’s brain, I figured out that the late Rick Majerus was likely counted in that list. Please correct me if I am wrong).

Here’s the list of the remaining active coaches with at least 500 wins that I compiled, in no particular order. It was actually rather stunning to me that this list didn’t exist already, at least not that I could find.

John Calipari (Kentucky)
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
Rick Pitino (Louisville)
Roy Williams (UNC)
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)
Bob Huggins (West Virginia)
John Beilein (Michigan)
Stew Morrill (Utah State)
Mike Montgomery (California)
Rick Barnes (Texas)
Lon Kruger (Oklahoma)
Larry Hunter (Western Carolina)
Rick Byrd (Belmont)
Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)
Ben Braun (Rice)
Dave Bike (Sacred Heart)

Jerry Slocum (Youngstown St.)

 

Quotes from Smith and players after the milestone:

Smith:

“You’re so in the moment and it’s a journey, so you don’t even look at it. Somebody tells me, and that’s when I recognize it’s 500. But it’s good to be with this group, to be a part of it because I think they’re a great group of kids, a great group to coach, there’s always a challenge with any group, but this group is a very committed group. They have good chemistry. So it’s fun to coach.

“It’s all about longevity, for all of us and I think every coach would tell you that. I’ve had the opportunity to be with good programs like Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and here at Minnesota and I’ve been exposed to some programs that have been very committed to their basketball programs and their coaches – that’s the beauty of being at this level and not everybody has that opportunity.

“You can’t win without good players and I know I’ve had good players over the years everywhere I’ve been. All those guys are the reason. As I’ve said I haven’t made a shot since 1979, so this is all about the young men that we’ve had the chance to teach and coach.”

Andre Hollins:

"This is a huge one for his career. 500 wins – how many coaches have done that? ... He’s in the history books. That just shows how good of a coach he is, how good of a person he is to transfer over to us being a winning basketball team."

Rodney Williams:

"It definitely felt good to help coach get that 500th win. He’s a guy that’s been around the college basketball game for a long time and he’s well-respected around the league and every day we just want to come out and play for him and make him look good."


For more on how the win was won, check out my game story from last night here.

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