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Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 11:22 am
 


By Matt Norlander

If Josh Pastner gets his way, the Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers will have an annual meeting no more.

Pastner hates playing the game. Doesn't see the value in Tennessee coming into Memphis -- where recruits are ripe as ever -- and playing the Tigers every other year. He said as much on the radio Monday. Per the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:
“I have no desire to play Tennessee,” Pastner told hosts Josh Ward and Will West on WNML-AM 990. “I don’t think it does us any good. I’m just being honest with you. For us, it’s a game that, I don’t know why we play it, but we play it because the athletic director wants me to play it and he’s my boss and what he says goes.”
This stems from the fact that, while its an in-state rivalry, Tennessee is ultimately getting more out of the deal than Memphis. There aren't a lot of players to recruit in Knoxville, which is quite a haul from the River City. But Tennessee is always trying to entrench itself in Memphis and pluck a recruit here or there. Ergo, the Vols are getting more out of the proposition than Memphis.

They're also winning more. Tennessee is 3-1 in the recent history of the rivalry.

I can't help but ask: Is Tennessee coming in to play Memphis every two years really damaging Pastner's recruiting ability? Unlikely -- but this is how coaches are. Any advantage possible, please. And eliminating Tennessee from the equation is the best thing for Pastner, so he's going to push for that. Plus, since Bruce Pearl is now gone, Tennessee is seen as a weaker opponent -- and it is -- so this is the perfect time for Pastner to let his opinion be known.

I like the game, but most outside the state won't really have an opinion on it if it goes away. That No. 1 vs. No. 2 game back in 2008 was pretty exciting, though. I think in-state series between national brands are good for the sport, so ultimately, I'd like to not see this go away. But if Pastner can trade this game for an annual meeting with another school (I think I saw Louisville tossed out as a possibility on Twitter), then I'm fine with it. And Tigers fans should be, too.

We've still got at least two more meetings between the clubs on tap, though. Memphis hosts this year, then travels to Knoxville for the 2012-13 season.

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Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Ha...that's what I got for not checking dates.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Who cares if a mid major backs out of playing the worst team in the SEC every year? Shame Memphis will never be in a major conference.
Since the conversation is centered around basketball...are you really insinuating the Big East isn't a major conference?  The Big East is a superior basketball conference to the SEC.  The 8th or 9th best team in the Big East took down your "mighty" Wildcats for the championship less than a year ago.



Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Actually, Pastner accomplished a great deal more in two years at Memphis than Cal did in two years.  Pastner won more games, recruited higher ranked players and went to more NCAA tourneys.
And Calipari did not want to play UT in Memphis.  He wanted a neutral site game to prevent UT from using the game as a time to recruit.
UK fans need to check their facts.
UT fans can sound off all they want. 



Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

If Cal ever gets the nuts to play us we will Menpiss all over who-k



Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

ur and idiot, look at MEMPHIS basketball history and realize that we have ALWAYS been one of the best programs in the nation u dumb@$$



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Poorly misguided Squared.....we ALL know what happens when a lowly mid major gets to the NCAA Finals....

Utah, 1998.....lost.

Menpiss....2006....lost

Butler.....2010.....lost

Butler.....2011....lost


See a trend????? You should.....Kentucky, 85, Menpiss 43.


You KNOW it is going to happen....




Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

I can't wait till Memphis runs through you fools next year.  Then runs Kensucky off the floor in the final four.  WE'RE COMING FOR YOU SMITH! Yell



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Maybe Memphis should play all their games on the road.  That way no team will get to play there and the coach would not be so intimidated.  Sounds like pastner is afraid of competition. 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

This is a very smart move on Pastner's part.  And of course he's smart, he graduated from the University of Arizona.  Go Cats!  Bear Down!



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Worst team in the SEC?   It's not like we underachieve with 1st round NBA talent two years in a row?   Another crop of one and done's coming in to make it three?


Face the music man, Tennessee is going to SUCK for the next several years. Brucie ain't there to cheat to help you win anymore. So, yes, Tennessee will be the worst team for years to come. You will be lucky to get a 4 star recruit to just look at you, thanks to Brucie and the NCAA punishing Tennessee hard.

Now, as for underachieving....I HIGHLY doubt that winning the SEC back to back years, along with an Elite 8 and a Final Four are underachieving....unlike Brucie's swan-song-30-point-loss to Michigan in the first round this year. And, Kentucky's class this past year wasn't as highly rated, but STILL got to a Final Four, which Tennessee has NEVER been to and never will.

Go run along junior....nothing more to see here.



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