University of Alabama and the men's basketball Avery Johnson has divorced after four seasons.
Johnson, who previously coached the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets after a 16-year-old player's career, went 75-62 and made an NCAA tournament appearance in Alabama. On Wednesday, Crimson Tide lost 80-79 overtime to Norfolk State in the first round of NIT.
On Sunday, the two sides announced the decision in a joint press release. The ESPN reported earlier that they were negotiating a purchase of the Johnson contract, which ran through 2023, and would pay him about $ 3 million a year.
"After the meeting with Coach Johnson, we made the decision to mutually share the way" Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said in the release. "This was not a simple decision, and we thank him for his contribution over the past four seasons. We wish Coach Johnson and his family the very best."
Assistant coach John Pelphrey will act as interim coach. According to the release, the search for the next coach begins immediately.
"I would like to thank the University of Alabama, Bill Battle and the board for giving me the opportunity to act as head basketball," Johnson said in the release. "I would also like to thank President Bell and Greg Byrne, our assistant coach, support staff, fans and student union for making this a special experience for me and my family. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank all players and parents "It was an honor and privilege to work with these young men and their families. It was an opportunity for life and we really enjoyed our experience in Alabama. I would also like to thank my family for all of their support and contribution to the program . "