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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:55 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

 I'd agree w/ most everything, including the "used car salesman" tan Parrish is sporting, but John Thompson did recruit thug/rapper-wannabe Allan Iverson, albeit the pre-tatoos AI.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:34 pm

Who's next at Memphis?


 Bob Knight is done coaching in my opinion and you need a great recruiter at Memphis. No chance Bob Knight is going to pound the recruiting trail. 

As far as Jamie Dixon, not a chance. Why would he leave Pitt for Memphis? He is close to breaking through with Pitt and he is getting tons of exposure. He is on TV every week playing UConn, Louisville, Nova, Syracuse and so on. 

For those that are posting that this is a  $3 million a year job you are mistaken. Just because they talked about matching Kentucky's offer that does not mean that this is now a $3 Mil a year job. They were willing to go that extra mile to keep the continuity with Coach Cal, they are not going to just throw that much money to another coach. 


Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:05 pm

Who's next at Memphis?


 Does anyone think there would be any possibility to get Bob Knight, if so would we even want him. I know we have the money that could lure him out of retirement and the facilities? Just a thought

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:18 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

Memphis has to get star power!  Bring in Reggie Theus or Nolan Richardson, I think hiring "Pink Floyd" would be a huge mistake, I just do not like his b-ball philosophy at all.  

I can see bringing in Bruce Pearl, he relates well to players and knows how to recruit kids and get the most out of them.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:18 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

Anyone hear Nolan Richardson on the radio this morning, saying he would be interested in the Memphis job? I'm a life-long Hog fan and have never liked Cal. What are your thoughts on him coaching again ? He's also had ties to Memphis players

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:13 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

You can bash UK all you want but if I remember correctly UK f***ed UT up twice this season. Arguably Jodie Meeks beat them single handedly at Thompson Bowling, but then we handled them a second time at Rupp with an average game from Meeks. Its hard to be a good team when you get smashed twice by the 4th or 5th team in the SEC east like UK was this year. 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:09 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

You know we have always been a stepping stone going all the way back to Gene Bartow.  Until we can remove the stigma of CUSA in aftermath of the Big East raid (anther reason to hate Louisville), we will always be belittled by the BCS supporters.  I am sicker today than when I sat in the Alamodome for the last 7 minutes of that game.  I would give Pastner a chance.  He was involved in recruiting some very good players, he is young, and we certainly do not want a retread.  The idea of recruiting 8th graders (Tim Floyd) makes me ill.

MSU 1975


Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:06 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

I agree with you a 100%  .  I feel like you read my mind.  WOW!!!!  I'm so hurt though I do and do not understand why he left.  The recruits are disappointed as well even though they may follow him.  Demarcus Cousions said he was disappointed and Xavier Henry was very bothered by this the last 48 hours.  I feel bad for them and the guys he left behind.  Calipari said today that some of the guys were emotional yesterday.  They really loved him and the city of Memphis loved him as well.  We didn't care if he lost games.  It wasn't just about basketball with him.  I beleive we won a lot because people didn't see him that way.  I don't know what we are going to do now.  However; I am a tired of mainstream media hating on Memphis so much.  They didn't want to embrace the success we've had in the first place.  It's always been about the big name programs.  The usual suspects.  Dickie V disappointed me with his statement last night.  Especially since he came from a mid major program.  Now the Sports World got what they wanted - which was take Memphis out of the equation of being mentioned as one of the favorites to succeed in NCAA tournaments.  Sometimes the grass isn't always greener.  Coach Cal mentioned today that he wanted to go to Kentucky for their winning ways and to win Championships.  SOmebody need to remind him that Memphis has been the winniest school in college the last 4 years.  We've also carried the longest winning streaks the last two years.  And though we are in conference USA it was still hard to just keep winning because guys are so talented these days.  One more thing - we should have won that Championship that he mentioned and we still had the chance to do so.  And I believe we still would have. 

Something to think about - Forget the big named coaches - I wished R.C. Johnson would bring back Mr. Kellogg (UMASS coach) to coach Memphis.  He knows how to run dribble drive offense, play great defense, and recruit.

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 1:59 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

Bruce Pearl was the first person I thought about! Not because it would infuriate Coach Cal(he's gone Memphis, get over it!) but because he recruits 5 star talent, he's on the national radar (remember the Big Orange Pearl!!), and he is third on the totem pole at UT! I mean he plays in an arena named after the WOMEN'S coach!

I think he understands what it means to be in Conference America. You HAVE to dominate this conference in order to even be considered for the tournament. Not many coaches can stomach that but I think Pearl does, being around Cal for the last few years. Plus it would not hurt to throw $3mil and a Fred Smith-bought G4 his way!!!


Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 1:13 pm

Who's next at Memphis?

Does anyone but me find it a little fishy that some of these Memphis recruits supposedly had the escape clause written into their letters of intent?  I thought the LOI was a standard NCAA document.  Maybe their was a lilttle planning ahead going on here way before the Kentucky job officially became available.

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