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Jay Bilas Thinks This Big-Time Program 'Should Be Embarrassed'

College GameDay at Syracuse.

SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 01: ESPN College GameDay hosts (L-R) Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Memphis let go of Tubby Smith today, after two seasons and back-to-back fifth place finishes in the AAC. Jay Bilas is not happy about it.

Smith took over the Tigers after Josh Pastner's departure to Georgia Tech. One can make the argument that he never really got a fair shake.

Smith's team went 19-13 in his first year, and 21-13 in 2017-18. Neither team made the NCAA Tournament.

The results definitely were not up to the standard created during John Calipari's tenure with the Tigers. The team made a national championship game with Cal on the sideline and Derrick Rose at point guard.

However, on the court the team was competitive in a good conference. At the very least, two years seemed like far too little time to make a decision on Smith's tenure. That is exactly what happened today, though.

ESPN's Jay Bilas took to Twitter to vent his frustration with the situation, saying that Memphis "should be embarrassed."

Based on previous reporting by CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, who is based in Grind City, the decision has as much to do with off-court issues surrounding the program as on. Ticket sales have waned with Smith at the helm.

Four years ago under Josh Pastner, Memphis averaged an announced attendance of more than 16,000 for games at FedExForum. This season under Smith, that number has dipped to around 6,000 — which is the lowest in nearly 50 years. And it’s likely to lead to the Memphis Grizzlies paying the school zero percent of a possible $800,000 that the NBA franchise — which operates the arena — is required to pay when certain attendance marks are hit.

The team is reportedly nearing a deal with Penny Hardaway. The Tigers legend has been connected to the job for weeks. Jon Rothstein reports that the two sides are already working on a contract. Via Twitter:

Hardaway would definitely be a splashy hire that could renew some fan interest in the Tigers. Can he coach though? That is a major question.