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Avery Johnson officially out at Alabama after four seasons

Avery Johnson, seen here in the SEC tournament, is out at Alabama. (Getty)

Alabama has officially parted ways with men’s head basketball coach Avery Johnson, announcing the news in a Sunday morning release. Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne indicated that the school and Johnson “made the decision to mutually part ways.”

Under Johnson, the Tide went 75-62 and reached postseason tournaments each of his four years. That record included an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament in 2018.

Alabama had won a No. 1 seed in the NIT, but exited in the first round after an 80-79 loss to Norfolk State. That spurred talk of a buyout late last week. Johnson’s contract ran to 2023, and a buyout reportedly would cost the school $8 million, or $6 million if Alabama had waited until April 15. Johnson was the 19th-highest paid coach in the country, according to a USA Today database, and earned $3.062 million last season.

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Johnson is a longtime NBA vet, playing from 1988 to 2004 and coaching Dallas (2004-2008) and the Nets (2010-2013). His departure leaves the SEC with three hoops openings at Alabama, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.


Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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