Dear Coach Smith: Take our son back
July 3, 2005
To: Tubby Smith
From: Your friends, the Morrises Dear Coach Smith: First of all, have we told you what a great job you did coaching the Kentucky Wildcats last year, well, every year for that matter?
Sometimes, we get busy doing other things, you know, like planning our son's future, and flying on planes to workouts (the expenses for which we have all reimbursed, by the way), and watching for our little Randolph to appear on mock drafts, we don't have time to tell those around us just how much we appreciate them.
We love you, Tubby.
First, we would like to apologize for not notifying you in person that Randolph was going to put his name in the NBA Draft.
We know you are an extremely busy man, and we didn't want to bother you. That's why we sent you that fax. We figured that way you could read it at your convenience instead of having your valuable schedule so rudely interrupted by a phone call or a meeting. We were only thinking of you.
Second, we hope you didn't pay any attention to those things the media said we said about you. You know how the media can be.
When they asked us about our relationship with you and we said, "No comment at this time," that just meant we didn't have any comment at that time. If they had asked us at any other time, we would have had many wonderful things to say about you.
Third, we hope you were not offended that we did not seek your counsel about Randolph's chances of being drafted. Turns out we had no idea that you sent Tayshaun Prince, Nazr Mohammed, Keith Bogans, among others, to the pros, or that you were an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic team, or that you are good friends with people like Larry Brown and Billy King.
If we had known, you would have been the first person we would have called.
There also seems to be some confusion about that quote where we said about you, "He said he knew (NBA executive) Stu Jackson pretty well, and he said he'd call him, but he never called back, and I never followed up, and so we left it at that."
Turns out, the battery on our cell phone died without us knowing it. You know how easily that happens. You forget to put the phone back in the charger. Or you forget to take the charger with you on the road. We apologize for the mix-up.
And that thing where we said we were not depending on you for advice. We misspoke. We meant to say, "Tubby Smith knows more about basketball than any living human on the planet."
Also, we would like you to know how much our little Randolph loves Lexington and how much he enjoyed, oops, enjoys being a Wildcat.
We may not have told you this, but we feel that Randolph really reached his potential last year, despite committing two silly fouls in the first five minutes of nearly every game. (We promise he'll play much smarter next season.) With your superb coaching we feel he can blossom as a sophomore.
That is if you will have him back. What a good boy he is, but all boys make mistakes. And Randolph is truly sorry for all the misunderstandings and all the trouble those misunderstandings may have caused you over the past couple of months.
Really, there is no other place he would rather be than in Lexington, Kentucky, as a Kentucky Wildcat, coached by Tubby Smith.
That is, if you can find it in your heart to forgive, we mean, have him back on the team.
Otherwise, he may have to play for something called the Arkansas RimRockers.
Or, even worse, we'll have to send our baby boy overseas.
Thank you for your consideration.
P.S. Have we told you how sharply dressed you look on the sidelines?
UK Basketball National Championships: 1948,49,51,58,78,96,98
20010-2011 Record: 5-2
ESPN/USA today coaches poll:16th