Penny Hardaway Named Head Coach Of Memphis

Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway

Memphis is turning to Penny Hardaway - the former NBA All-Star and Tigers legend who does not have any Division I experience as a head coach or assistant - to replace fired coach Tubby Smith.

Succeed or fail, the city of Memphis will always owe a debt to Penny Hardaway.

Hardaway's No. 25 jersey has been retired from the program.

Hardaway would replace Tubby Smith, who was sacked after just two months earlier this season.

Through all his stops in the NBA, Penny never left Memphis-always keeping a home in the Bluff City and always caring for his community.

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After his junior year, Hardaway declared for the NBA Draft and began a 14-year pro career with the Orlando Magic (1993-99), the Phoenix Suns (1999-2004), the New York Knicks (2004-06) and the Miami Heat (2007). He averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds in his first season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.

This year, Memphis finished with a 21-13 record and in fifth place in the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

Smith, 66, this season became only the second Memphis coach since 1951 to not reach a postseason tournament in either of his first two seasons during which the Tigers went 40-26.

Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University.

He's donated $1 million to his alma mater to build the sports hall of fame on the UofM campus-it even bears his name. Josh is now a member of the FWAA and USBWA.

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