Tubby Smith dumped as coach at Memphis

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 15, 2018

Memphis and basketball coach Tubby Smith have parted ways after his meeting Wednesday morning with university president David Rudd and athletic director Tom Bowen, the school announced.

The former United Kingdom coach met with university officials on Wednesday to discuss his future.

Smith's future is now up in the air, but whoever lands the former national champion is getting a great man as well as a solid coach. "I wasn't even born then", one U of M freshman told WMC.

Memphis still owes Smith almost $10 million, thanks to three years left on his five-year contract, according to the Commercial-Appeal. He would move on to Minnesota where he reached the NCAA Tournament three our of six seasons before taking the head coaching job at Texas Tech.

Memphis issued a statement saying only that an agreement of "separation" had been reached in the "best financial interest" of the university with details still to be finalized.

Per Giannotto, it will cost Memphis $9.75 million to fire Smith.

Last week, CBSSports.com reported the University was considering firing Tubby Smith and hiring Penny Hardaway, who starred at the University of Memphis and the National Basketball Association in the 1990's.

Smith went 19-13 in his first season and followed that with a major roster turnover bringing in 11 new players.

That combination hurts Memphis, which failed in its 2016 bid to join the Big 12.

Smith's departure was not unexpected, according to multiple reports, and discussions of his dismissal gained steam after Memphis lost in overtime at lowly East Carolina in early February.

Penny Hardaway is a top candidate to replace Smith.

Memphis did not play in the postseason with Smith as head coach. Hardaway now coaches an AAU team and also coaches Memphis East High School, which will be playing for a third straight Tennessee Class AAA title this week.

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