Earlier Thursday night, local Alabama reporters suggested there was big news coming from the university. Although there were few details, the rumors appeared to be centered around the basketball program.
Just over an hour later, AL.com reported the Alabama men's basketball program was working on a buyout with head coach Avery Johnson. The report suggests the two sides are negotiating a buyout.
Alabama put together a disappointing 18-16 season that ended with a first-round NIT loss to Norfolk State. Unfortunately for Johnson and the Tide, it's their third time going one-and-done in the NIT in the past four seasons.
Michael Casagrande of AL.com broke the news.
Johnson recruited well at Alabama and looked to have the program on its way up after taking the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18.
However, the Tide failed to reach expectations in his four years in Tuscaloosa, racking up a 75-62 record. In four seasons, Johnson led the Tide to just one NCAA Tournament appearance.
He’s under .500 in SEC play, recording just one season with a winning record in the conference.
Alabama might be a football school, but athletic director Greg Byrne obviously has higher hopes for the basketball team than what Johnson delivered.