G.G. Smith is first of Tubby’s three sons to land head coaching position


G.G. Smith, the oldest of three sons of former Gophers head coach Tubby Smith, will be the next head coach of the Loyola Greyhounds.

Smith, 36, had been an assistant coach at the small school in Maryland for the past six seasons and will be taking over for Jimmy Patsos, who left last week to take another head coaching job in upstate New York.

The University of Georgia graduate, Smith will take over the Division-I program after it finished with its most successful season, finishing 23-12 and 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The news comes two weeks after Smith’s father was named the new head coach of the Texas Tech Raiders after being fired by the Gophers.

Tubby’s two younger sons, Saul and Brian, are both basketball coaches. Minnesota fans remember Saul, the middle-child, as an assistant coach on Tubby’s staff in his tenure at Minnesota.

Rumor has it that Tubby will not bring Saul with him to Texas Tech, leaving the Kentucky graduate to look for a job on his own.

Brian Smith, the youngest of Tubby’s three sons, is currently an assistant athletic director and basketball coach at a private high school in Arizona.

While we’re on the subject of family lineage and college basketball, Tubby and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino are both gleaming as they have descendants following their footsteps as D-I head coaches.