College basketball coaching changes: Alabama reportedly negotiating a buyout for Avery Johnson

A surprising piece of news surfaced on Thursday night, amid the din of the NCAA Tournament: Alabama reportedly is in the process of parting ways with Avery Johnson. 

AL.com broke the news, which makes sure to specify that the apparent impending divorce for Johnson and Alabama is a mutual deal. This comes a day after Alabama took an 80-79 home loss to Norfolk State in the NIT which, statistically, was one of the most unlikely outcomes of the 2018-19 season. 

Johnson's past four seasons with Alabama: 75 wins, 62 losses. He took the Tide to the NCAA Tournament in 2018, his only appearance there in his tenure. The move is a surprise in part because Alabama has the 19th-rated recruiting class for 2019, according to 247 Sports.

The move potentially could create big waves in the coaching industry if and when it happens. Steve Prohm's name will buzz for that Alabama job (he's an alumnus and highly qualified for the gig), even as his team plays in the NCAA Tournament. From there, questions about Iowa State will surface. If Prohm were to leave, well, Fred Hoiberg returning home would make for one heck of a story. (Hoiberg has also reportedly been connected to the Nebraska job.)

There are 29 jobs that have gone or will undergo changeover at this point. More are certain to open in the next few days. The biggest gigs available as of now: UCLA, Texas A&M, Temple, UNLV, Saint Joe's and Washington State. Nebraska is expected to formally open as soon as the Cornhuskers play their final game of the season. And now there's Alabama. 

This is the latest look at the coaching carousel.

College basketball 2018 coaching carousel
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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his ninth season reporting on college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics... Full Bio

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