Tubby Smith told reporters on Wednesday that he is no longer the coach at Memphis after two seasons, including a 21-win campaign this year.
Multiple reports said that he was fired.
The news comes after more than a week of speculation that Memphis might fire Smith and hire Tigers legend Penny Hardaway. Last week, Smith’s attorney, Ricky Lefft, defended the job Smith has done at Memphis, saying Smith deserved an “A” for his job performance this season. After beating USF in the American tournament opening round Thursday, Smith said he felt “pretty comfortable, pretty confident about what we’ve done this year and how we’re growing the program.”
Memphis (21-13) made it to the American tournament semifinals despite losing leading scorer Jeremiah Martin to a broken foot in February. Still, the Tigers were able to win seven of their final nine games.
Smith was asked whether he thought he coached his last game with the Tigers after a 70-60 loss to Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinals Saturday.
“Who knows?” Smith said tersely.
Smith, who has also coached Texas Tech, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia and Tulsa, has a career record of 597-302. The Tigers won 19 games in his first season and 21 this season but didn’t appear in a postseason tournament.