The rumors have rumbled about this for a while, but tonight, there are reports that Memphis officials are seriously considering firing Tubby Smith in favor of Penny Hardaway. From CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish:
Memphis legend Penny Hardaway is “actively preparing to be a college coach” and has already started identifying possible future staff members, multiple sources have told CBS Sports. Meantime, Memphis president Dr. David Rudd told the Commercial Appeal on Tuesday that his administration is “going to evaluate the program at the end of the year,” which effectively confirms what CBS Sports has learned: Memphis is seriously considering firing Tubby Smith and replacing him with Hardaway.
Of course, Hardaway coaches top UK target James Wiseman at Memphis East right now. Wiseman has said in the past that if Hardaway got a college job, he wouldn’t necessarily follow him there, but with UK considered to be the favorite for the dynamic big man — who could still decide to reclassify to 2018 — this is definitely something to keep an eye on…