Tubby Smith is out as the Memphis Tigers head basketball coach, fired by the University of Memphis.
After days of assumption, Local 24 Sports Director Doc Holliday learned what ultimately led to the decision.
After two seasons and lots of rumors, Tubby Smith is out as head basketball coach. Smith just finishing his second season as the Tigers head coach, where he led the U of M to its first 20-win season in 4 years.
But this decision is really not about wins and losses. It's about fans in the stands and financial contributions. One of the major problems was that no one was going to FedExForum to watch the games. The Tigers averaged just over 6,000 fans per home game, the lowest average in 48 years. And the giving is down.
Now everyone is looking at former Tigers star Penny Hardaway, who is expected to be the next head coach for the team.
But as of right now, he's coaching East at the state tournament. The Mustangs are trying to win their third state championship.
Tubby Smith leaving President Rudd’s office. All he would say is that he is no longer the head coach at Memphis. Said his team will be releasing a statement soon: @LocalMemphis pic.twitter.com/umm6XrFH6p— Clayton Collier (@Local24Clayton) March 14, 2018
Tubby Smith has left campus with his lawyer.— Clayton Collier (@Local24Clayton) March 14, 2018
The door remains closed at President Rudd’s office.
The Tubby Smith era at Memphis is officially over.— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) March 14, 2018
Tubby Smith is out as head coach at the University of Memphis— Marcus Doc Holliday (@local24doc) March 14, 2018
Here’s the statement from the university. “No further comment will be offered.” pic.twitter.com/i7HeeFAgPD— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) March 14, 2018
Penny on Tigers job: "I'm with East right now so I haven't had talks with them yet. We hear the noise, they (East) hear the noise but they never heard me bring anything up. They know what I'm about. I want that gold ball. I'm not focusing on anything else outside of that."— Doc Holliday (@The_DocHolliday) March 14, 2018