Tubby Smith has been the coach at six different schools during his career, including a pair of SEC programs. Next season, he could add another to the list.
Smith told Mark Giannotto of the Commercial Appeal on Wednesday that he is no longer the coach at Memphis. He was with the Tigers for two seasons.
Over his long coaching career, Smith has led Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Memphis. He was at Georgia for two seasons from 1995-97 and led Kentucky for 10 seasons from 1997-2007.
Smith’s tenure with the Wildcats was the longest of his six coaching jobs. He went 263-83, including 120-40 in SEC play, and made the NCAA Tournament all 10 seasons. Smith also led Kentucky to a national championship in his first season in 1997-98.
Prior to his time at Kentucky, Smith led Georgia for two seasons, going 45-19. The Bulldogs currently have a coaching vacancy after not retaining Mark Fox over the weekend. And after Thad Matta reportedly turned them down on Wednesday, perhaps Smith’s name will start to surface in rumors for the opening.
Smith has a career 597-302 record. He went 40-26 over his two seasons at Memphis. However, Smith has coached in the NCAA Tournament just once in the last five seasons — in 2016 with Texas Tech.
According to Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, Memphis will owe Smith $10 million over a six-year period. That agreement includes nothing about mitigation/offset.