Memphis basketball hires Tubby Smith as coach

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Memphis head basketball coach Tubby Smith. mk/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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Memphis landed a basketball coach with 18 NCAA Tournament appearances as it announced Thursday that Tubby Smith been hired to replace Josh Pastner.

Smith, 64, spent the past three seasons at Texas Tech. He has a career mark of 557-276 and won the 1998 national title at Kentucky.


Smith received a five-year contract valued at $15.45 million, according to a university press release. His deal is worth $2.8 million in 2016-17, 2.9 million the following season and $3.25 million in each of the next three seasons.

"Tubby Smith is one of the finest collegiate basketball coaches and is a man of tremendous character," Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen said in a statement. "Nationally, he is highly respected as a leader of young men and as a teacher of the game. I am honored that Coach Smith has agreed to become the next head men's basketball coach at the University of Memphis."

Texas Tech went 19-13 this past season and reached the NCAA Tournament, allowing Smith to join Lon Kruger as the only coaches to take five different teams to the tourney.

Smith also has served as head coach at Tulsa, Georgia and Minnesota.


Pastner departed Memphis to take over the Georgia Tech program.

He went 167-73 with the Tigers and made four NCAA Tournament appearances during seven seasons with the school.

However, the Tigers were 19-15 last season and 18-14 the year before.

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