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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: May 27, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:55 am
 

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?



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 7:55 am
 

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: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:48 am
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Pastner will never be a top of the line coach. 



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:58 am
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Yup, who should care about what their fans want?



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:00 am
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

exactly why they quit playing the memphis-arkansas game ...
and arkansas' recruiting in memphis died with it. ..

smart move by pastner..
sucks for ticket holders... selling those seats were paying for season tix.


beating a big east team on national tv will be much better than giving
all the white station ballers free seats to the next team on the recruiting list/.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Tennessee-Memphis

Pastner's name may still start with a P, but it nows ends with a Y.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

CV....puhleeeeeeze!!  Those fans will only be shaking Neyland Stadium for a few minutes into the first quarter until Alabama scores their first touchdown and then continues to run up the score for the rest of the game.  The Vols football squad is a sad sack of potatoes who will be fighting Kentucky and Vanderbilt for cellar dweller in the SEC East.  The Tigers football team may be essentially non-existent, but the Vols can't cling to days of yesteryear forever.  Besides, this has nothing to do with football.  Tennessee's basketball team is going nowhere but down with Pearl out and sanctions looming.  Better to end this series and bolster the ol' RPI with a team projected to be in the Tournament in coming years.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

What a baby!  Is lil' Josh scared that some hot shot recruit from Memphis is going to visit Knoxville when 100,000 fans are shaking Neyland Stadium for the Alabama game?  He should be.  The goofy football Tigers of Memphis can only dream of matching that. 



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

MikeSyr18:  Just for the record Memphis was knocked out of the 1st round (not 2nd round) last year.  Continue on...



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Will Tennessee-Memphis series be ending soon?

Pastner is a sissy.


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