Alabama Negotiating Buyout With Coach Avery Johnson

Alabama is negotiating a buyout with Coach Avery Johnson and an agreement could be reached as soon as Friday, sources told Stadium.

Johnson has gone to the NCAA Tournament just once in four seasons and the Crimson Tide was a major disappointment this year, finishing 18-16 overall, 8-10 in the SEC and losing to Norfolk State in the first round of the NIT.

Johnson was hired by former Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle after a stint with ESPN. He came with no college coaching experience but had been an NBA coach after his playing career ended.

Johnson earned a little more than $3 million this season and had his contract extended through 2023 by current Athletic Director Greg Byrne in 2017.

Johnson is 75-62 in four seasons.

It’s likely that Byrne will have Iowa State Coach and Alabama alum Steve Prohm on his short list. Prohm has a significant buyout, sources told Stadium, but was interested in the Alabama job the last time it was open before Johnson was hired.

Prohm is in his fourth season with the Cyclones and he has led them to the NCAA Tournament three times. Iowa State earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament this year.

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