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Tubby Smith, Memphis Basketball Getting Absolutely Trashed

The Tigers' program has seen better days.

Memphis' basketball program is kind of a dumpster fire right now.

The Tigers, led by Tubby Smith, were once of the sport's premier programs under John Calipari. The team had pretty good results under Josh Pastner, who left for Georgia Tech last offseason.

Under Smith, a national champion head coach signed to a 5-year, $15.45 million contract, it's been a disaster.

Memphis went 19-13 this season, which isn't bad, but considering the roster the Tigers had, it was a disappointment.

The real disaster has happened after the season. Six of Memphis' top eight players have transferred out of the program.

You can't lose 75 percent of your best players to transfer. You just can't.

Smith and Memphis have been getting raked through the coals in recent days - deservedly.

CBS Sports explained what happened:

Bottom line, in less than a year on the job, Smith has lost four former top-100 prospects to the transfer market and added zero top-100 prospects to replace them. And he burned his most valuable bridge to the fertile Memphis recruiting base when he demoted Keelon Lawson -- who, in addition to being Dedric and K.J.'s dad, is also the father of a top-25 prospect in the Class of 2019, the father of a top-10 prospect in the Class of 2021 and the uncle of a top-10 prospect in the Class of 2021. If Keelon Lawson never did anything but secure commitments from prospects related to him, he would've eventually enrolled five top-55 national recruits, four of whom will likely go down as McDonald's All-Americans. Plus, because his younger sons play for Team Penny, a summer program based in Memphis, NCAA rules would not have forbidden Keelon Lawson from being in the gym for Team Penny practices and games during times when no other college assistant would've had access. This is what having Keelon Lawson on staff meant for Memphis. He would've enrolled his sons and could've enrolled his nephew all while providing an inroad to the rest of the local talent. Now, that's over.

You can read CBS' full story here. It's not a good time to be a Memphis fan, that's for sure.