In the wake of a report that Memphis might fire Tubby Smith after the season and hire Tigers legend Penny Hardaway, Smith's agent said the coach has received only positive feedback from school administrators. "What Tubby has gotten consistently from that administration is 'Coach, we know you're doing this the right way, we know this is a process, we know this is gonna take some time, we're happy with what you're doing,'" said Ricky Lefft, Smith's longtime agent. "Tubby told them from the beginning it was a four- to five-year process. When he says it's a process, that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone." After a 19-13 season last year, multiple key players, including K.J. Lawson and Dedric Lawson, left the program. The mass exodus and reduced attendance at home games intensified the scrutiny on Smith at a school that has yearned for the success it enjoyed under John Calipari in the 2000s. Picked to finish ninth in the American Athletic Conference this season, Memphis recorded a 10-8 record in conference play with a short-handed roster. Jeremiah Martin (18.9 PPG) is out for the season with a broken foot. Memphis president M. David Rudd told the Commercial Appeal this week that he will evaluate the program after the season. The school would owe Smith $10 million if it decides to fire him without cause after two seasons.