Tubby Smith is out. The Memphis basketball head coach has had decent success with the Tigers, but external factors around the program have deteriorated.
Smith is out after just his second year with the program. He took over for Josh Pastner, who left to take over Georgia Tech basketball.
Smith’s departure from the program has been rumored for the past week, with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman saying the program had already found Smith’s replacement. He met with university president David Rudd and Athletic Director Tom Bowen earlier this afternoon.
Tubby Smith said he is no longer the Memphis men's basketball coach.
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) March 14, 2018
In 2016-17, the team went 19-13, with a 9-9 record in AAC play. The season ended on an ugly note – a 30-point loss to UCF in the Tigers’ first AAC Tournament game.
The Tigers did not participate in any post-season tournament after the conference tournament loss, despite a decent record. The team finished the season by losing six of seven.
Memphis had a similar season in 2017-18, finishing with a 21-13 record. Program legend Penny Hardaway is the overwhelming favorite to land the head coaching job.