I heard this very sad news this morning during my morning commute. Billy Smith, father to UT Basketball player Tyler, passed away late Wednesday night from complications from a long battle with lung cancer.
Tyler, who received a special waiver from the NCAA to transfer from Iowa to Tennessee to be closer to his father, is expected to be an immediate impact player for the Vols Basketball team this year. Unfortunately, his father will never get to see him don the Orange and White uniform.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.