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Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:35 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 5:37 pm
 

DETROIT -- What has prevented Southern California's Tim Floyd from taking the Arizona job all day?

Memphis.

And this coaching carousel sure is getting crazy.

Here's the latest: Floyd has been considering an offer from Arizona, but one of the reasons he's stalled -- multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday -- is because he's also being pursued by Memphis, which apparently came at Floyd with big money before it recognized that Tennessee's Bruce Pearl is a legitimate candidate. In other words, Floyd has essentially been weighing two opportunities -- Arizona and Memphis. But he'll have to pick soon because both schools are ready to move forward, one way or another.

Floyd has called a 6 p.m. ET news conference at USC.

Sources also told CBSSports.com that Memphis' next move, if necessary, will be toward Pearl. Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton informed a local newspaper that he would deny Memphis' request to speak with Pearl, but that hardly matters. Requesting permission is a courtesy, not a necessity. And considering FedEx CFO Alan Graf -- who is involved in the Memphis search -- is here in the same city as Pearl at the Final Four, Memphis and Pearl will talk if they want to talk, with our without Hamilton's permission.

Memphis could offer Pearl a package of around $3 million per year, according to sources.

Comments

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:12 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

I heard he was staying at USC.  




Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:05 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

Go Tigers.  




Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:05 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

Pearl would be interesting.

Could he hang onto some of the signed players?

Floyd style is not fun to watch... 




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:00 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

Wow, does Parrish have any credibility left anymore?  After last night's article about Few going to Arizona that was then changed to Floyd late in the evening (after it was reported by all other major sports outlets) and now this about a bidding war between Memphis and Arizona for Floyd.  If Floyd stays at USC, I would suggest that in the future he should cover press conferences instead of speculation.  I realize that anyone can be wrong about these fluid situations, but he is a professional and this is getting a little out of hand.   




Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:58 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

$3 million for Pearl does sound like crazy money, but both Arizona and Memphis want to land a big fish to keep their programs at the high level they are accustomed to.

That said, I would love to see one of these schools give Billy Gillespie another chance. I am guessing the state of Kentucky will disagree with me but I still think he is a top notch recruiter and coach. Turning around UTEP and Texas A&M is a bit different than running Memphis or Arizona, granted, but I think you could do a lot worse than hiring (a motivated) Billy Gillespie.

Any thoughts on this Gary or am I way off? 




Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:53 pm
 

ESPN reporting he's staying at USC

On front page of ESPN.com

 




Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:49 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

3 million for Pearl? no way. he has not even sniffed the final 4 and they are gonna giv e him bill self/roy williams money. what a joke. these coaching searches are getting way out of hand.  i sure am glad the ceo of fedex who has layed off plenty of people recently would not want to shell out that kind of money for a coach. 




Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:45 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

This is the craziest coaching drama, EVER!

 

This is a bigger story than the Final 4!

 

Crazy! 



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