Penny Hardaway Is Reportedly Headed To Memphis To Become A Head Coach

Tubby Smith leaving Memphis after 21-win season

The Tigers reached the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament before losing to Cincinnati.

Memphis still owes Smith almost $10 million, thanks to three years left on his five-year contract, according to the Commercial-Appeal.

Tubby Smith has been dismissed as University of Memphis men's basketball coach.

Tubby Smith is out at Memphis after just two seasons. Rumors have been swirling for weeks that former Tiger and National Basketball Association star Penny Hardaway will be hired to succeed Smith.

Smith, who coached Kentucky to it's seventh national championship in 1998, had been head coach of the Tigers since 2016.

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SC head coach Frank Martin expressed his support for Tubby Smith after Smith was sacked by Memphis on Wednesday.

It was the only second season in Memphis for Smith, who piloted the team to a 21-13 overall finish and No. 5 slot amid the American Athletic Conference rankings. Worst of all for Smith, attendance at FedExForum plummeted to an average of 6,225 in 2017-18, the lowest figure since the Tigers played at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1969-70 (the year before Larry Finch first suited up for Memphis State).

Last week, Gary Parrish of reported that multiple sources told him Memphis was looking at Penny Hardaway as their new head coach. He also has worked at Tulsa, Georgia and Minnesota during a head coaching career that began in 1991. With an ultra-talented crop of recruits in the area on the horizon - majority with connections to Hardaway through his AAU program or high school coaching - it isn't a shock that the school wanted to shake things up.

Smith, 66, replaced Josh Pastner in 2016 after three seasons at Texas Tech, but never seemed to fit with the Tigers.

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