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Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

Posted on: March 30, 2009 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2009 4:19 pm
 

John Calipari is scheduled to meet with a prominent Memphis booster late Monday afternoon, at which time he is expected to make a pitch for UTEP coach Tony Barbee to succeed him at Memphis if Calipari indeed leaves Memphis for Kentucky, a source close to Calipari told CBSSports.com.

The source said Calipari would promise to help Barbee keep parts of the team and recruiting class intact.

Barbee played for Calipari at UMass and assisted him at Memphis until taking the UTEP job in 2006.

He's 53-43 in three seasons at UTEP.

A source close to the Memphis program said Calipari assured Barbee last offseason that if he pulled out of the UMass search and cleared the way for Memphis assistant Derek Kellogg to land that job that Calipari would push Barbee as a possible successor at Memphis. Barbee quickly pulled out, Kellogg got the UMass job, and now Calipari is making good on his word, trying to help Barbee at Memphis.

Comments

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2009 11:27 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

Barbee is not Calipari. This is an insult. Memphis basketball, contrary to what most think, IS big time. UK may have 24,000 at every game, but Memphis has 18,400 for teams like SMU. Come on. Mike Anderson is the man we need. If he comes, most of the recruits stay and/or we get some other good ones. His style is just like the glory days of Larry Finch's teams. This is a dream job for him. It's in the south. His wife is from here. It's a recruiting hot bed for an African-American coach. The pay is top tier. The facilities are top tier. If this goes down as planned, Anderson would still beat Cal head to head in 3 years. I guarantee that. He's a better X's and O's guy. Case in point, see Sweet 16 2009.

I agree with most of this. Memphis will continue to be a Major player in a Mid-Major conference.

 

Also, Josh Pastner was named as the new Memphis Tigers coach.





Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2009 11:26 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

Barbee is not Calipari. This is an insult. Memphis basketball, contrary to what most think, IS big time. UK may have 24,000 at every game, but Memphis has 18,400 for teams like SMU. Come on. Mike Anderson is the man we need. If he comes, most of the recruits stay and/or we get some other good ones. His style is just like the glory days of Larry Finch's teams. This is a dream job for him. It's in the south. His wife is from here. It's a recruiting hot bed for an African-American coach. The pay is top tier. The facilities are top tier. If this goes down as planned, Anderson would still beat Cal head to head in 3 years. I guarantee that. He's a better X's and O's guy. Case in point, see Sweet 16 2009.

I agree with most of this. Memphis will continue to be a Major player in a Mid-Major conference. I don't think this happened





Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 12:02 am
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

amen if that douchebag calipari would to ever show his face in memphis again he would get jumped 




Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:06 pm
 

seems Barbee is a big a fool as Memphis was...

Calipari assured Barbee last offseason that if he pulled out of the UMass search and cleared the way for Memphis assistant Derek Kellogg to land that job that Calipari would push Barbee as a possible successor at Memphis. Barbee quickly pulled out,

 




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 10:28 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

For all those people wanting Mike Anderson, please forget it.  He worked his a$$ off at UAB to get out of conference USA.  Why the hell would he want to go back, even if it is at Memphis.  He's got just as good of a gig at Missouri and isn't going anywhere. 




Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 10:07 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

Calipari has at least established a program at Memphis so fans need to thank him for that. I don't know if Memphis will ever keep a coach as long as it is part of Conferance USA and is a mid-major. Not even Kansas, which is a blue chip school and a "BCS" could keep Williams so I do not see why Memphis fans seem in shock over this. Being a Michigan State fan, I'm so lucky to have a coach like Izzo. I feel a main reason for Izzo staying here in East Lansing is the fact he has roots deep in the State of Michigan as well as roots with MSU. Izzo could of left MSU years ago for more money, a bigger program, and even nicer winters but has not because his roots are deep. Maybe Memphis should look within even if it means a "big name" coach like Cal is not available.



Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2009 8:42 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

this message is to  memphis fans...shut up!! Some of yall are talkin a lot of bs abt cal, just because ur mad that he left! Hes a great coach!! Nobody even knew that memphis had team before calipari came in and worked his magic! Grow up shut up! Ur gettin Barbee! hahaha! sucks for you!



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Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 7:43 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2009 7:18 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

Wait, how many times has Kentucky been on probation?  Several.  




Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2009 7:11 pm
 

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

Barbee is not Calipari. This is an insult. Memphis basketball, contrary to what most think, IS big time. UK may have 24,000 at every game, but Memphis has 18,400 for teams like SMU. Come on. Mike Anderson is the man we need. If he comes, most of the recruits stay and/or we get some other good ones. His style is just like the glory days of Larry Finch's teams. This is a dream job for him. It's in the south. His wife is from here. It's a recruiting hot bed for an African-American coach. The pay is top tier. The facilities are top tier. If this goes down as planned, Anderson would still beat Cal head to head in 3 years. I guarantee that. He's a better X's and O's guy. Case in point, see Sweet 16 2009.

I agree with most of this. Memphis will continue to be a Major player in a Mid-Major conference.

 



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