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What's next for Memphis?

Posted on: April 5, 2009 12:05 am
Edited on: April 5, 2009 12:31 am

DETROIT -- The Memphis coaching search has turned into a complete mess , and sources have said the name bouncing around most at this moment belongs to Florida State's Leonard Hamilton, which would be fine, I guess. He can get players, and assistant Stan Jones (a former Memphian) can help coach them. So that might be OK -- although I'd be skeptical of hiring a 60-year-old man to rebuild my program, but maybe I'm just stupid.

Meantime, here are my thoughts on the matter ...

Former Memphis assistant Tony Barbee would be a good hire because he knows Memphis, knows the current roster, knows the recruits Memphis needs to get and is on the verge of winning C-USA next season at UTEP (he'll probably have the best roster in the league). But Barbee's issue is that John Calipari privately backed him for the job last week to multiple prominent boosters, and those boosters are so mad at Calipari now that they won't hire Barbee just because they don't want to do what Calipari told them to do. In other words, Calipari's endorsement has hurt Barbee's chances of getting this job, meaning he's probably not getting this job.

Which brings me to Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy.

Yeah, he had the cab driver incident this season, and that would cause and to clown the hire. They'd have jokes, and they'd be funny, and then all that would be over. It would last about 48 hours, and then Kennedy would hold a press conference, and he'd be impressive, and then he'd recruit and get players (he signed one of the best prospects from Memphis this season, it's worth noting), and the city of Memphis would love him. Trust me, this would be a good hire. But all indications are that the Memphis boosters can't get past the incident and still-looming legal issues, and unless that changes Kennedy won't get this job, either.

Which brings me to UMass coach Derek Kellogg.

Yeah, he had a losing season this season in his first season at his alma mater. But if Kellogg was still an assistant at Memphis he'd probably already have this job, and so it's worth exploring his level of interest, then see if Memphis assistant John Robic will remain in Memphis to help with the adjustment. Robic handled all the scouting for Calipari's Tigers, case you didn't know. He's the type of veteran a younger coach can lean on, something similar to what Larry Shyatt provides Billy Donovan at Florida. Would Robic stay in Memphis? I have no idea. But if Kellogg could keep Robic around, this route might end up being the most sensible route given the current state of affairs.

Beyond that, Memphis should just offer the job to assistant Josh Pastner.

He'd take it, I'm sure.

Or Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald.

He'd take it, I'm sure.

Or former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie.

He'd take it, I'm sure.

Or New Mexico coach Steve Alford.

He'd take it, I'm sure.

Honestly, I could produce a whole list of people who would actually take this job.

Needless to say, it's a different list than the list Memphis has been using the past four days.

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Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2009 1:17 am
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Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2009 2:53 pm

What's next for Memphis?

Memphis should hire Billy G. he is a great recuriter and good coach.  He was the SEC coach of the year two years ago.  kentucky was to hard on him and he would do great in Memphis.


Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 1:52 pm

What's next for Memphis?

Well, one tech was called in the first half over not getting calls against Mizzu. The second tech was actually good officiating because it should have been called against Cal ejecting him from the game, but the ref called it on the bench instead. Cal clearly stated to a Mizzu player to "shut up and f&*(^%$ play". Obviously a no-no, but the Tigers were on the verge of making a game out of it.

I'm more disapointed in Cal leaving than mad, if this is truly his "dream job". I will just be thankful for the memories and wish RC will come to his senses and hire Andy Kennedy.  

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 1:08 pm

What's next for Memphis?

I am very much in favor of hiring Reggie Theus. I believe he could be the right fit for the program. I just don't think the U of M has the guts to interview him for the job. I also would not mind taking a chance on Josh Pastner. He is a great recruiter but not sure about his x's and o's.



Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 11:54 am

What's next for Memphis?

 Do Memphis fans get a vote?

I'd vote for Reggie Theus

He has a background that reminds me of Coach Cal... But less college coaching...??? 

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 11:03 am
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Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 2:59 am

What's next for Memphis?

Well Gary I'm glad your not running the show.  Based off what your writing you would just offer the job to solve the problem and go to bed.  That's great.  Hire someone just so they will take it.  If Memphis did that you and your gay pal Geoff would be writing how the Memphis group didn't think out of the box for the hire and just made a hire to make it.   First off,  Anderson didn't publicly turn down M
emphis he turned down Georgia.  Next, Floyd didn't turn down Memphis, he told Arizona No.  After that your gay pal Geoff torched the guys for interviewing S. Drew, but when he pulled his name b/c he knew he would not be offered,  you guys torched the guoup for that.  Make up your mind. Reading you guys is like listening to my wife.  Bitch about everything...  
;How about making a suggestion to the problelm and quit complaining.  If you don't I will quit reading!  

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 1:02 am

What's next for Memphis?


 The Arizona coaching search is a mess!  Sean Miller just turned down a 100+% increase in salary to stay at Xavier.  There are so many common characteristics in Arizona's and Memphis' coaching searches.  It would not surprise me at all to see the schools get into a bidding war over.....Reggie Theus!  Wouldn't that be sickeningly fun to watch!

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 7:50 pm

What's next for Memphis?

I agree but then that's Parrish's job.  To be over the top.  Otherwise he'd never get a response.  I too am an Ole Miss fan when they're not playing the Tigers.  They hit a home run when they hired Houston Nutt.  The people that ran him off at Arkansas are idiots and will live to regret it.   

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:10 pm

What's next for Memphis?

You are soooo SPOT-ON in your analysis and feedback.  Now, I wonder if Gary Parrish will even read your comment and, if so, respond in an honest, professional, realistic manner.

Like Gary but his 'COMPLETE MESS' statement was WAYYYY OFF BASE and WAYYYYY OVER THE TOP as well.

Hotty Toddy from Seattle!!!  GO Tigers Go (Basketball only, though)!  

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