Alliteratively-named higher-learning institution Texas Tech announced this afternoon that they have hired Tubby Smith to take over their tumultuous basketball team. (Say that five times fast.) Texas Tech’s Tubby, who previously coached Minnesota, joins an elite club of Red Raider coaches who sound like characters from picture books for children.
Tubby Smith, men’s basketball coach
Kliff Kingsbury, football coach
Tim Tadlock, baseball coach
Tommy Tuberville, former football coach
Tammy T. Tammertone, women’s golf coach
Okay, we might’ve made that last one up. But anyway, apparently a little alliteration, or in Tubby’s case, having a silly name that’s alliterative when combined with the name of the place you work, can take you very far in Texas.