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Who's next at Memphis?

Posted on: April 1, 2009 12:36 am
Edited on: April 1, 2009 1:25 am

Mike Anderson is off the table.

Now Memphis will likely turn to USC coach Tim Floyd.

Multiple sources told that Floyd is the probable target and that the native southerner would listen, though it's unclear if he'd want to follow John Calipari at Memphis unless the money was too much to turn away. As one source put it: "Tim already followed Phil Jackson in Chicago. Why would he want to follow Cal in Memphis?"

Fair point.

A list of other possible candidates includes Ole Miss' Andy Kennedy, Western Kentucky's Ken McDonald, UTEP's Tony Barbee, and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton. And if the boosters who are upset with Calipari for leaving wanted to send a message that Memphis will remain nationally relevant -- and infuriate their former coach in the process -- they could package a lucrative deal similar to the one they were prepared to give Calipari and make a run at Calipari's nemesis, Bruce Pearl. On the surface, it seems unlikely that Pearl would consider leaving Tennessee for Memphis, but a contract worth $3 million per year would make him think about it, I'm certain.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Memphis

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2009 4:23 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

 Great comment! LOL!

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2009 12:08 pm

What Memphis needs to do

 Memphis now has no choice but to join a power conference.  No offense to C-USA but to get critics off their backs and get elite talent and elite coaches to stay it would make the most sense to join the SEC.  Big east is already 2-3 teams too big an bloated.  ACC might be an option to but geographically SEC makes the most sense.  I was reading a list of past NCAA champions.  Only 3 in the last 40+ years came from non power conferences, Marquette, Louisville(2), and UNLV.  Every other champion was from the pac-10, big 12, big east, sec or acc.  I don't care what critics say, Memphis was as talented as other teams in the top 10, they just didn't face the same kind of competion which is why they weren't ready for Missouri.  If they were in the SEC they'd have to play LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida which would give them a great resume, national exposure, many national tv games.  I live in RI and saw Memphis maybe twice this year and Indiana at least 5 times! 

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 11:35 am

Who's next at Memphis?

gilded07 - thanks for the words.  You're right, we've just gotta get over the shock, find a diamond-in-the-rough who coaches and recruits his butt off and move on.  Cal is yesterday and Mark Few or Sean Miller is the future, not some stuffy Nolan Richardson or Bobby Knight, or an ego-maniac Bruce Pearl who was blackballed for activities at Wisc-MKE and is still not proven.

Without Pearl, Go Tigers Go!!!

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:28 am

Who's next at Memphis?

At Memphis he was treated like a gimmic, and now a day later at Kentucky he's being protrayed as the next coming of John Wooden and Dean Smith all rolled into one.  the whole affair makes me sick. v-man89 - I feel your pain.  When Dean Smith (native Kansan and former Jayhawk) finally convinced Roy Williams that when you talk like that, dadgummit, you have to live in a cabin outside of Chapel Hill, I was devestated.  However, in hindsight, it was absolutely the right thing to do.  Get Roy back to the woods and clear the way for Coach Self, who is clearly a better recruiter and is hands down, a better Xs and Os coach.  I'm not a Roy hater, I just see now that his departure was really a good think for Jayhawk Nation and a good thing for the 'Heels.

Why am I saying this?  I know Memphis will likely lose some top-notch recruits (hopefully, at least one to KU) but Memphis is on the college basketball map and another good hire by the Memphis athletic dept can keep things going in Memphis.  With outstanding student-athlete facilities and playing in the FedExForum, top notch recruits will be signing up to play at Memphis again in short order.


Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2009 12:06 am

Who's next at Memphis?

Mark Gottfried, former Alabama coach.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 11:46 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

who went to the big dance and who went to the nit this year? i would comment further but i gotta go put some water in your momma's dish. it says here you're in white house, tn. why dont you click your heels together 3 times and go back to kentucky loser. 

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 10:24 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

By the way conrax, Nolan Richardson is waaaay past his prime.   He doesn't have the stamina to recruit the way he would need to in order to compete on a high level.   He would hang out with his Orange Mound buddies and make deals for all the Memphis kids to fill his roster so he wouldn't have to travel.   He is not what we need at all.   I would rather have Jerry Tarkanian. 

The wish list should be Sean Miller, Brad Stevens, maybe a reach with Oregon St. coach Robinson?, or Jeff Capel who seems headed to Az. 

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 10:12 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

 dude, that picture of him is like 10 yrs. old.

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 10:07 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

Memphis fan here, and I totally agree with Uknation87.   We like an exciting brand of basketball, but we are also spoiled with Cal's teaching of help defense.   Regardless of who we get to coach this team, that aspect will suffer and it will be a tough pill to swallow watching guys give up layups.   With Pearl, however, we would o.d. watching it.   

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 8:41 pm

Who's next at Memphis?


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