Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson working on buyout

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to AL.com, Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson is working on a buyout. This buyout would signal a mutually agreed upon parting of ways.

The Crimson Tide had their season end in the NIT Tournament. The Norfolk State Spartans defeated the Tide, 80-79, on Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson reacts to a call against the Villanova Wildcats
Avery Johnson reacts to a call against the Villanova Wildcats (Getty Images)

They ended the season with an 18-16 record. They were 8-10 within the Southeastern Conference.

As the Crimson Tide head coach, he has gone 75-62 in four seasons. He also had a 34-38 conference record.

Only one in the four years did he guide the team to the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament. That season in 2017-18, Alabama went to the second-round before losing.

The other three seasons, the Crimson Tide lost in the first-round of the NIT Tournament.

This past Saturday, according to the AL.com story, Johnson met with Athletic Director Greg Byrne. His present contract runs through the 2022-23 season after signing an extension in August 2017.

AL.com reports that Johnson has an $8 million buyout if he is fired before April 15, 2019. It’ll drop to $6 million after that period of time.

“I love being the coach here at Alabama,” Johnson said according to AL.com. “That’s my plan. I made that crystal clear to Greg in our [Saturday] meeting. And hopefully, they feel the same way. But I’m committed to it. I still have time left, obviously on my contract.”

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