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Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:50 pm
 



By
Jeff Borzello

Due to its location, Memphis is in prime position to have plenty of local rivalries. It’s in Tennessee, is close to Mississippi and Arkansas, and has access to most of the SEC.

However, head coach Josh Pastner wants no part of having a series with any of the aforementioned teams.

“As long as I’m the head coach at Memphis, I will not play Arkansas,” Pastner said this morning on Hog Sports Radio. “I don’t want to play Tennessee, but we do it. I don’t want to play Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida.”

People who have dealt with Pastner in the past know that he does not mean anything personal by saying that. The common thread that all of those teams have is that they recruit in Memphis – and Pastner does not want recruiting rivals getting free access to the city.

“I don’t want to have to play a team who wants to come in and try to recruit Memphis,” he said. “As a coach, my whole thing is, you don’t want to give anyone an advantage.”

Memphis plays Tennessee on an annual basis, but the Tigers have not faced Arkansas since 2003. They have not played Mississippi in the regular season since 2007, or Mississippi State since 1985. Memphis has only faced Florida once, in 1977 on a neutral court.

Pastner has a solution if these schools want home-and-home series with Memphis – vote the Tigers into the SEC.

“That will solve everything,” he said. “You don’t have to ask me; we would play twice. If you’re coming in here, if you want to play Memphis, go to your presidents and vote Memphis in the SEC. That’s the easiest way to do it.

“If you’re asking me for a non-conference game, it’s not going to happen.”

While Pastner did not mean the comments to be taken personally, Memphis might have some new unspoken rivalries on its hands.

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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:58 am
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

Perhaps you should get your facts straight.  It was Arkansas that did not want to play Memphis because they could not beat us.  Don't make remarks on subjects you know nothing about.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:55 am
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

This isn't about football--it is about basketball.  



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:53 am
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

Do you really think we care what your opinion is regarding our coach and team.  Perhaps you should learn a little bit more about this situation before you post.  Josh knows what he is doing.  



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

another dumbass. thats not an excuse, thats a reason why we dont haved to put up with yalls bullshit in OUR city, your not the only people were worried about stealing are recruits, its florida,tennesse,mississipi state, ole missm ETC. so, denver nuggets assistant coach, grizz assistant coach, blake griffins trainer, top recruits , and luke walton, is just cusa talent? you idiot? why havent we won against top 25 teams? coaches first seasons, all freshmen,and we always play top 5 teams, you dumbass.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

hey um, bill? your an idiot. when did arkansas when a national championship? long as time ago huh?, im not talking about the sec, were talkin bout you, i told you not to bring up football, becaus eyall will choke, pastner is actually 49-20. said it wrong,  and dont even call cusa loosers, just because were non bcs doesent mean were terrible, and we rape are conference mates,  and your stupid as shit if you think we belong in the sun belt,  yall belong in the missouri valley, yall never beat conference mates, EVER. and we dont even wanna be in the sec, its a bunch of football rednecks, you fuckif you think arkansas is better than memphis, your truly an idiot, atleast we loo forward to the big dance, and not trying to get into the NIT. faggot, you dont know your sports it looks like.



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

we will be in the top 10.arkansas will not baby boy!Foot in mouth



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

What a wuss.


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Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:53 pm
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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

C'mon, this will be his 3rd season in his first head coaching job. Are people really that impatient? They were left with nothing when Calipari left and showed great improvement throughout last season and lost on a last second shot against Arizona who knocked out Duke. This year will be very telling as the expectations will be higher than any other time in his time at Memphis.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

This strategy by Pastner makes perfect sense to me!  I don't know why everyone doesn't see it!  Pastner is known as a great recruiter.  However, if you look the only players he is able to recruit come from Memphis:

Joe Jackson - Memphis, TN
Tarik Black - Memphis, TN
Chris Crawford - Memphis, TN
Trey Draper - Memphis, TN
Ferrakohn Hall - Memphis, TN
Adonis Thomas - Memphis, TN

Will Barton he was only able to get only bc the other basketball programs weren't interested in taking on Antonio Barton under scholarship and Pastner and UM were desperate.  Seriously, you would have to be an idiot to have Joe, Tarik and Adonis not commit to UM.  Seems that if someone else were to come into Memphis and get some of these kids Pastner wouldn't have the talent to be 10-6 in CUSA and get a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Pastner is genius!!!!!


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