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Dick Vitale Calls Out Major Program For Head Coaching Change

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06: Sportscaster Dick Vitale broadcasts before a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament between the Santa Clara Broncos and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Orleans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga won 77-68. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Late Thursday night, reports surfaced suggesting Alabama and head basketball coach Avery Johnson were working on a buyout. According to a report from, the two sides agreed to move on from each other after just four seasons.

In four years as the head coach, Johnson led the Crimson Tide to just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Alabama made the NIT three of the four years, but went one-and-done each time.

After news broke that Alabama had decided to move on from Avery, college basketball analyst Dick Vitale decided to weigh in. He wasn't pleased with the university.

"Can't believe Alabama is making a change!" Vitale said on Twitter.

"Avery Johnson is a quality guy & had Alabama so close a couple of heartbreaking L’s kept them away from March Madness. He DESERVED at least one more year. TOUGH TOUGH job in football country."

Johnson led the Crimson Tide to a 75-62 record over his four years in charge of the program.

However, he finished with a winning record in the SEC just one time.

Clearly Dickie V is upset with Alabama moving on after just four years, but the two sides are negotiating a buyout, suggesting both sides were interested in parting ways.