Sam Mitchell surprisingly left the University of Memphis coaching staff earlier this week. This is definitely surprising considering Penny and co. just locked up the best recruiting class in the nation and seem to be on the up and up.
When speaking to media a few days ago, Penny was very appreciative of Sam’s contributions during their one year together and said that Mitchell would always be like a “big brother” to him.
One would have to think why Mitchell decided to leave now but whatever he decides to do next, I;m sure he will be successful. Sam Mitchell is a former NBA Coach of the Year and as a player mentored young players like Kevin Garnett. I’m sure Penny will miss Sam on his bench and his experience would have been invaluable with bringing along the young, talented group they have coming in next year.