The Avery Johnson era seems to be drawing to a close at the University of Alabama.
The school and Johnson are currently negotiating a buy-out for a mutually agreed separation of paths, AL.com said Thursday night. The discussions are still active in the NIT one day after the end of the Crimson Tide season. Johnson said on Wednesday that he met with Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne on Saturday and discussed the future of the program.
That was before the loss of 80-79 against Norfolk State, after which an opposing player found a lack of energy in Alabama's warm-up.
Johnson's contract was extended in August 201
Johnson has a 75-62 record in four seasons at a NCAA tournament appearance in one term.
Johnson made $ 3.062 million last year, according to the USA Today salaries database, which was released last week. He was the 19th highest paid coach in the country.
"I love being the coach here in Alabama. That's my plan, "Johnson said after the game on Wednesday night. I made Greg clear in our (Saturday) meeting. And hopefully they are the same. But I am obliged. I still have time, obviously on my contract.
This story is being updated.
Michael Casagrande is an Alabama beatwriter for the Alabama Media Group, follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande  or on  Facebook .