Ben Howland and Tubby Smith were recognized in CBS’ traditional “One Shining Moment” montage to recap the NCAA Tournament, but it wasn’t the kind of recognition they probably would have liked.
The first line of the second verse of the song is, “But time is short.” It was at that moment that CBS showed a clip of Smith and Howland shaking hands following their first-round tournament game.
Minnesota won the game 83-63 but lost to Florida 78-64 in the next round. Both coaches were fired by their respective schools after the tournament.
Time wasn’t quite that short for each of them; Howland spent 10 seasons at UCLA, while Smith was at Minnesota for six. But their time at their schools following that game definitely was short.