Memphis's assistant basketball coach Sam Mitchell will not return to the staff next season, Tiger Penny Hardaway announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Hardaway announced during a press conference on recruitment that Mitchell is no longer with the staff, leaving to pursue other opportunities. Hardaway said he would like to hire a replacement by June 3, but added that there is no consideration for hiring a former NBA coach, Larry Brown, who was a job rumor on the staff before hiring Mitchell.
Mitchell, former NBA coach of the year, was hired after Hardaway decided to add more NBA experience to his staff. He was the last assistant to join the staff, which included Tony Madlock and Mike Miller.
Speculation on Mitchell's future accelerated with the recent program, and on Monday, on the Sports Podcast Bill, Mitchell spoke about his future and his current interests with little reference to future work on Hardaway staff.
“I do some things,” said Mitchell on the podcast. “I invest in some Tex-Mex restaurants called Barbarosa. Then I did some other things. I'm going to Milwaukee to make Game 2 from the Bucks and Raptors series for TSN. ”
Former Minnesota Timberwolves coach took over the Virgin Islands team from 2015-18 and trained AAU basketball for a number of years before joining the staff. Class 2020 No. 1 general hope Jalen Green played it in 2018.
Mitchell was contacted by the head of Mercer open training earlier this year. Eventually, the school hired Greg Gary, a former Purdue assistant coach.
Hardaway had no shortage of colleges and NBA coaches are reaching out to staff last spring. In the first place, the reports were linked to former SMU and Larry Brown, an NBA trainer, with the opening, but U of M did not employ Brown.
It became clear that Hardaway wanted to add a coach with the NBA experience to the bench, and the situation came with interest from other candidates.
Mitchell's presence stressed the NBA links with Tiger staff with Hardaway and Miller with league careers and Mitchell – once also a player – serving as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, where he was selected as coach of the year in 2007 .