Former Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith could find himself out of a job once again.
Rumors are saying that Memphis is considering firing Smith and replacing him with school legend Penny Hardaway. CBS Sports first had the story from sources.
SOURCES: Memphis is seriously considering replacing Tubby Smith with Penny Hardaway, who is “actively preparing to be a college head coach” and already identifying possible staff members — among them Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 7, 2018
Smith was head coach of the Golden Gophers from 2007-2013, compiling a 124-81 record before he was let go and replaced by Richard Pitino, who is still at the school.
He has coached at a number of schools including Tulsa, Kentucky, Georgia and Texas Tech. With the Tigers, Smith has a 38-25 record and makes $3.09 million. He is in his second season and according to CBS Sports, his buyout would be $9.75 million.
Hardaway, an AAU coach in the area, is rumored to be assembling a coaching staff including possibly Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown. The article says he could possibly add a number of 2019 recruits he is connected to through his previous coaching.