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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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Tags: Memphis

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:28 am

Who's next at Memphis?

This is just the worst possible thing in the world. I need to sell my computer, stop reading the paper, stop watching television and burn my radio or I am going to sink into a silly, shameful oblivion.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:26 am

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.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:09 am

Who's next at Memphis?

Playmaker, i checked your posts, and i'm just curious.  Have you ever said a positive thing about anyone? Better yet, have you really thought about what you were writing before you typed it, or just decided you had a couple names to drop and could blast away. 

Floyd would be a good fit in Memphis, because he has southern roots, knows the area, and can recruit.  With Anderson off the table, he and Andy Kennedy are the two that seem to be the most impressive out there.  Are they available?  I have no idea.  I'm hoping R.C. pulls a nice unexpected rabbit out of his hat like he did with Calipari.   

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:01 am

Who's next at Memphis?

How about a story on how Calipari's departure is destroying a program that has shown him nothing but support for the last 9 years.  I don't begrudge anyone changing jobs and i understand the lure of tyring to resurrect UK. But it's a kick in the crotch to the fans and university of Memphis to blow out of town and take the team with you, including the recruits.  I know once they're released from their letters its unlikely they'd come to Memphis, but a classy coach could say he won't recruit players that he was recruiting to Memphis.  I think Roy Williams did that when he left Kansas and even Billy Clyde Gillespie, who was about as welcome in Lexington this week as a turd in a punch bowl, had the common decency to say "hands off" of the players he had recruited to Texas A&M.  I can't blame UK too much...they wanted to buy a top coach, and found out they could also buy the top 5 team to go with him.  I do blame Cal for not finishing the job.  He always talked a big game about building Memphis into a national program.  If he had actually done that, the program would survive his leaving.  As it is, he's wrecked the program and rewarded UK with our recruiting class.  The class that we deserved for being patient, submitting to his yearly flirtations with other schools, listening to his rhetoric, and belieiving his lies. As you'll recall, those first 4 years weren't exactly breakthough years for the Tigers.  And despite the occasional DaJuan Wagner and Shawne Williams, Cal mostly attracted good, not elite talent.  Then the ball started rolling with that 2005 class, and we found our stride with Derrick Rose last year and then Tyreke Evans this year.  Next year's class would have been the clear no. 1 recruiting class in the country, and could have rivaled the Fab Five in impact.  Instead we're left in ruins.  Meanwhile the mainstream press, which has ridiculed and questioned the quality of the Memphis team each year as it made a deep tournament run, is now giddy at the prospect of Calipari coaching Kentucky.  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.




Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 1:31 am

Who's next at Memphis?


 Mark Few great choice time for him to leave Gonzaga nothing left there for him to prove at all

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 1:10 am
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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 12:53 am

Who's next at Memphis?

I'm sorry but I just don't buy the "Bruce Pearl" is a great coach thing... I may be one of only a few here but again, he doesn't impress me all that much. Sure he's a great "PR" guy for a program that he yet to make it past a sweet 16 in it's history but I believe Memphis would do its self a favor by looking in another direction.

We see that Pearl didn't really do that much with "his players" this year. Now that his ace in the hole Lofton is gone alone with Smith (not Tyler) he found it difficult to score at will. His inbound defense is solid and creates a lot of turnovers but his team needs to, no wait, has to score in the mid to high 80's before that becomes a part of the game. When they have to run half court sets and score around the 60's or even 70's things just don't seem to work.

Maybe I'm on my soap box a little bit but hey, opinions are opinions... everybody has one and this is mine. Besides, if we can dominate Tennessee with Gillispie, I can't wait to see how fun it will be playing those guys with Calipari. Man am I excited !!! 

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