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Alabama, Avery Johnson agree to 'part ways'

Sporting News logo Sporting News 3/24/2019 Gabrielle McMillen
Alabama coach Avery Johnson yells during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. © Brynn Anderson/AP Photo Alabama coach Avery Johnson yells during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Avery Johnson is out as Alabama's head coach.

According to Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne, the school and Johnson agreed to "mutually part ways."

"After meeting with Coach Johnson, we made the decision to mutually part ways," Byrne said. "This was not an easy decision, and we thank him for his contributions over the past four seasons. We wish Coach Johnson and his family the very best."

During Johnson's four seasons at Alabama, the team went 75-62 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.

"I would like to thank The University of Alabama, Bill Battle and the Board of Trustees for providing me the opportunity to serve as the head basketball coach," Johnson said. "I’d also like to thank President Bell and Greg Byrne, our assistant coaches, support staff, the fans and student body for making this such a special experience for me and my family.

"Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to thank all of the players and parents. It was an honor and privilege to work with these young men and their families. This was an opportunity of a lifetime, and we truly enjoyed our experience at Alabama. I also want to thank my family for all of their support and contributions to the program."

Associate head coach John Pelphrey will take over at an interim level until a new hire can be made.

The Tide went 18-16 this past season and lost to Norfolk State Wednesday in the NIT Tournament.

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