Texas Tech Red Raiders head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith is being targeted by the University of Memphis as a potential successor to Josh Pastner, who left last week to become the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Memphis’ interest in Smith was reported by Dan Wolken of USA Today, and Smith has alerted Texas Tech administrators that he is involved in Memphis’ process.
Hiring Smith could certainly be a great move by Memphis. He’s 64 years old, yes, but has not shown any signs of slowing down. This past season, he led Texas Tech to its first NCAA Tournament since 2007 and for his career owns a record of 557-276 across time with Texas Tech, Tulsa, Minnesota, Georgia and Kentucky, having won a national championship with the Wildcats in 1998.
That championship run is the only time that Smith has ever made the Final Four, but he is a fine recruiter and has resurrected programs before, namely Minnesota. Memphis hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament the past two years after moving to the American Athletic Conference (AAC) from Conference USA, so Smith could wind up being a solid hire on the Tigers’ part.
Nothing is official regarding a hire yet, but stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on this story!
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