NBA Breaking News: Jerry Sloan Reportedly Stepping Down

Justin KeyCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2011

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 12, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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An era may be coming to an end in Utah.

It has been reported that Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan and longtime assistant Phil Johnson will be stepping down later this afternoon.

Team officials announced that there will be a press conference held at 5 p.m. EST.

After another disappointing loss to the Chicago Bulls last night, Sloan was reportedly in a closed-door meeting with general manager Kevin O'Connor for about a half-hour. Sloan typically meets with the media within minutes of the final horn. 

Sloan is the longest-tenured coach in professional sports and is in his 23rd season. The 68-year-old Sloan signed an extension earlier in the season that would have kept him under contract through the 2012 campaign.

Despite the Jazz' struggles since mid-December, this is a shocking development from an organization most noted for consistency. In fact, Sloan has been quoted as saying to players, "I'm going to be here and you may not."

That may no longer be true.

Sloan recently passed Pat Riley with the third-most wins in NBA history. He has accumulated 1,211 wins during his extensive career, though he has been eluded by a championship.

Assistant Tyrone Corbin is expected to be named the interim head coach.