Memphis fires head coach Tubby Smith

With Tubby Smith out Memphis fans will get what they asked for

The Tigers won seven of their final nine games before losing Saturday 70-60 to No. 8 Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals, their third loss to the AAC champs this season.

Smith has about $10 million and three years remaining on a five-year contract.

Tubby Smith is no longer the coach at Memphis after two seasons, including a 21-win campaign this year. The announcement comes after Smith was reportedly set to meet with Memphis administration regarding his status with the team.

Sources told ESPN that former Memphis and National Basketball Association star Penny Hardaway is a potential replacement.

The University of Memphis is parting ways with head basketball coach Tubby Smith.

Tubby Smith was sacked as the head men's basketball coach at Memphis after two seasons at the helm, he told reporters on Wednesday.

Smith never matched his elite success at Kentucky, but had two respectable seasons at Memphis, notching 40 wins and narrowly missing the NIT twice.

UConn cut ties with national championship winning coach Kevin Ollie over the last week and now Memphis has followed suit, opting to go in a new direction with its basketball program. With an ultra-talented crop of recruits in the area on the horizon - majority with connections to Hardaway through his AAU program or high school coaching - it isn't a shock that the school wanted to shake things up. Smith and the Tigers went 19-13 overall and 9-9 in conference play in 2016-17. 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. Donations are down $1.1 million, and the school is likely to miss out on their usual $800,000 payment from the Grizzlies due to the low attendance at the Forum.



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