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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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Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

You guys don't know what you're talking about.

I don't know how Florida snuck into that mix of teams, other than being in the SEC, but Memphis only plays Tennessee to guarantee a football game every few years.

Arkansas and Ole Miss backed out of the deal because the lowly Tigers were were handing their asses to them on the field.

Like Josh said, vote us into the league and we'll be happy to kick your ass two or three times a year.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

What a joke. 

I guess Syracuse will have to stop playing St. Johns, Seton Hall and Connecticut every year, as well as Villanova because they're in neighboring states and will hurt our recruiting.


What have you done at Memphis yet, Josh?


You are a clear cut idiot in my opinion. Do you have any idea what you're talking about?  



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

I think he's a wee bit paranoid. Seriously, playing Arkansas and Ole Miss once a year is going to give them a legitimate recruiting advantage? Doubtful. If that's all it takes to sway them from Memphis, they weren't coming anyway. I have no horse in this race, but it seems pretty petty and short sighted.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

@memphomaniac: Why would we want to play Memphis State in football? we already play 2 sunbelt teams a year.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

If you think playing Arkansas in basketball will "hurt your RPI", then you have answered Pastor's questions as to why Memphis will NEVER receive an invitation to the SEC.  Can you imagine what playing that HS Football program would do the the reputation and power rating of THE best Football conference in America?
Football is king, and UM Football isn't good enough to park cars outside the SEC ballroom, let along be invited to the party.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

And really, that's just cowardly by Pastner. You want to claim you've got a great basketball program, play and beat some people in your backyard. You beat Arkansas in Memphis, your recruits see this and think more highly of Memphis. Instead, even if Memphis is better, Arkansas looks better because Memphis looks like it's ducking the Razorbacks. Stupid move on his part.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

Funny thing, Gary, is that when our ex-coach used to say it, you'd say he was dodging opponents.

Now you say "it's nothing personal" with Pastner.

Maybe you just like JP better because he'll actually give you the time of day on your radio show?   
Parrish didn't write this. Jeff Borzello did.




Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

Arkansas still owes us a football game they backed out of and didn't even offer to pay a fee for. I'd rather play Louisville, Kansas and Georgetown to tell the truth, a lot more help for our RPI.




Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

With Mike Anderson at Arkansas they don't need to play Memphis.  He has always been able to recruit that area and will continue to recruit Memphis hard.  When Arkansas was dominant it was due to Memphis kids.  Arkansas will stamp itself back on the map this season loaded with freshman and the program again will regain the dominance in the Memphis area that is always loaded with talent. 



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Pastner: Memphis will never play Arkansas

Funny thing, Gary, is that when our ex-coach used to say it, you'd say he was dodging opponents.

Now you say "it's nothing personal" with Pastner.

Maybe you just like JP better because he'll actually give you the time of day on your radio show?      
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