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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.

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Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 7:23 pm

Who's next at Memphis?


Does it get any worse for Memphis fans than to suggest that we try to get Bruce Pearl to replace John Calipari?

I think i'd rather not have a basketball team.





I would rather have Bob Huggins than Pearl. That is how repulsive the idea of Pearl coming to Memphis is to me.


Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 5:23 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

Excellent post! I don't blame Cal for taking the Kentucky job but bringing players and recruits with him is low down. But I give Cal and hisKentucky Tigers one to two years to win a national title before they turn on him.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 5:19 pm

Who's next at Memphis?


Memphis could offer up to $4 to $6 million a year and make their next coach the highest paid in the country. Pitino is at the top of their list, if he does not leave Louisville which is likely I believe they will target Bruce Pearl next. Kentucky took their coach and it would be sweet revenge if Memphis takes Tennessee's coach. Pearl recruits the same prospects and spends a lot of time in Memphis. Hiring Pearl would be a homerun for the Tigers. Not only do they get a big name coach they deal a blow to their rivals the Vols. 


Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:58 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

 I think you're being too hard on Cal.  Don't get caught up in the emotion of it all.  It's hard to criticize Calipari for "destroying" the program when he's the one who built it up to its current state.  Remember how awful we were after the Tic Price/Johnny Jones regime.

Don't forget that Cal's 9 years significantly raised the profile of the Memphis program and the amount of money our boosters are willing to pay for a coach.  Don't be surprised if a very good coach doesn't take the salary Cal's leaving behind.  $2.5 - $3 million is still far above what almost any program will pay for a basketball coach.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:53 pm

Who's next at Memphis?


I don't see Bruce Pearl leaving Tennessee for Memphis. Yeah he would stay in the same state but Memphis is from a mid-major conference that once was a conference that could get more than one bid to the Dance. Why leave the SEC then go back to the cellar. He was a coach in the Horizon League at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tim Floyd is a better option but count out Andy Kennedy, Ken McDonald, Leonard Hamilton and Tony Barbee. I know Tony Barbee was a player and an assistant under John Calipari and was picked by his mentor to be the successor at Memphis. However, Barbee doesn't have the experience yet. 

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:52 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

 Parrish, that is horrbile list of candidates.  The only one on that list that should be considered is Tim Floyd and I really wouldn't want him because of some the shady recruiting he does.

Here is a much better list (not in any order):

Nolan Richardson
Mark Few
Tim Floyd
Sean Miller
Reggie Theus
Brad Stevens
Billy Gillispie

There are six names on that list way better then what was suggested.  Nolan Richardson has had experience recruiting in the Memphis area while he was at Arkansas.  He has championship experience and won a championship at Arkansas. Richardson plays a simliar style to what Memphis' fans have come to expect when Calipari was here.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that he has already expressed interest in the Memphis job.  Mark Few can recruit players to his area and has great success at Gonzaga would he leave the west coast, doubt it.  Sean Miller and Brad Stevens have both done an excellent job at Xavier and Butler, respectively.  Though Sean Miller would probably not leave Xavier unless the job Pitt opened and that could happen if Jamie Dixon heads to Arizona.  Reggie Theus would bring NBA knowledge and would know exactly what players would need to work on to get to the NBA which would draw recruits in like it does for Calipari and sorta Tim Floyd.  Gillispie is a possibilty because he could better in an environment where there is not so much pressure on him like thier was at Kentucky.  He is a great recruiter and proved it at UTEP and Texas A&M. My only concern with Gillispie is his poor media relations and how he threw players "under the bus".

I did not put any assitant's name because R.C. Johnson stated in the press conference today that he was looking for someone with head coaching experience already and I am assuming that R.C. would know that their is a need to bring in a good recruiter.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:45 pm

Who's next at Memphis?





CA says U of M has been in contact with Ricky's peps!


Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:23 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

I have to say as a UK fan - I feel your pain.  That was well written.  It won't change anything unfortunately, but it is a spot on Memphis fan - understandable reaction.  I think Memphis will find it's way.  I'm still giddy about having Calipari - to be honest with you - if any of the available recruits come to Lexington, that's gravy, but the focus really was to get Calipari and you can't begrudge him that.  Best of luck.  Go Cats and best of luck Tigers!


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:02 pm

Why not Gilleppsie

 How funny would it be with him taking over Memphis and leading them to a title before Kentucky makes it...It will be a walk in the park in C-USA to get a number 1 or 2 seed...If I'm Billy G i do whatever i can to get the Memphis job and stick it to Kentucky.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:59 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

"Oakmoster", you need to do youre homework.  Losing Cal sucked for Emmphis, but the best recruits and players are not going with him.  The coaching staff is worthless after the best of his staff already left to take head coaching jobs.  Uk got a great coach, but that's it!

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