Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Tubby Smith is out at Memphis; Penny Hardaway linked to job
By ADAM ZAGORIAPITTSBURGH — Tubby Smith is out at Memphis, according to Mark Giannotto of Memphis News.
Smith went 40-26 in two seasons at Memphis, including a 21-13 mark this year, 10-8 in the American Athletic Conference. For his career, he’s 597-302 (.664).
Memphis owes Smith $10 million for three years, the paper reported.
“After considerable deliberations and in the best financial interest of the University of Memphis, an agreement of separation with Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tubby Smith has been reached,” the university’s athletic department said in a statement. “Details are to be finalized, and no further comment will be offered.”
Former Memphis star Penny Hardaway, now the head coach at Memphis East High School and the Team Penny Nike EYBL team, has recently been linked to the Memphis job, via Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.
Hardaway was also just named an assistant coach on the USA Basketball team for the Nike Hoop Summit.
“Memphis fans just want something to believe in,” one source told CBS Sports last week. “Penny gives them something to believe in.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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