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Tubby Smith Has Landed A New Head Coaching Job

The underside of a basketball hoop.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11: A basketball hoop, net and backboard are shown before the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament between the Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks at T-Mobile Arena on March 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona won 83-80. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Tubby Smith wasn't out of work for very long.

The veteran college basketball coach has landed a new head coaching gig, according to an official release by the school that hired him.

Smith, 66, is now the head coach at his alma mater.

High Point released a statement officially announcing the hire of Tubby Smith. Per the release.

High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein made two major announcements today inside the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. He announced the hiring of Hall of Famer Orlando 'Tubby' Smith as the Panthers' head coach for men's basketball, as well as the location of the future Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel.

"Tubby Smith is a nationally admired, transformational coach whose career brings honor to his alma mater as a distinguished alumnus," Qubein said. "HPU's path of excellence anchored by stellar faculty, innovative academic programs, new schools, and teaching facilities is leading the way towards a promising future for students from all over the world. We are excited to welcome both Tubby and Donna back home to HPU."

Smith was Memphis' head coach from 2016-18. Following the 2017-18 season, Smith was relieved of his duties as the team's head coach - he was replaced by Penny Hardaway.

He was also the head coach at Texas Tech and Minnesota, following a decade-long stint at Kentucky.

Smith is 597–302 (.664) as a head coach and led Kentucky to a national title in 1998.

[High Point]