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The Memphis class continues to fall apart

Posted on: April 8, 2009 5:09 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2009 5:14 pm

First Xavier Henry asked for a release from his national letter of intent with Memphis.

Then DeMarcus Cousins decommitted from Memphis and committed to Kentucky

Now Nolan Dennis wants a release from Memphis, too.

"We just want people to know that we are not going to attend Memphis because we were going to attend Memphis because of (John) Calipari," Carol Dennis, the mother of Nolan Dennis, told's Evan Daniels on Wednesday. “We are going to wait and see what we are going to do from here.

"I think Nolan wants to go to Kentucky; I’m not for sure," she added. "But I know he’s not going to go to Memphis."

Just last week, Memphis had a five-player class some considered the best in the county, but Calipari's departure has killed any chance of it materializing. Junior college standouts Will Coleman and Darnell Dodson are the only Memphis recruits who haven't publicly decommitted.

Meantime, Josh Pastner isn't sleeping.


The new Memphis coach has not slept in days.

"I haven't slept since I got the job (on Monday)," Pastner told me this afternoon. "I've been up 48 hours straight."


Pastner said he plans to be in bed by 10 on Wednesday night, get a solid six or seven hours of sleep and be ready to hit the road recruiting Thursday. He'll start in the Memphis area, where Class of 2010 star Joe Jackson (of White Station High) is a clear priority.


Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2009 2:53 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

Dustinm, cal can do what he wants, it is obvious he always have. There are 2 reasons why memphis fans are pissed.  Number 1, " memphis is where I want to be, no where else"  i know coaches always say this B.S., but have a little integrity. Number 2, leading the fans and boosters on like he was actually going to stay, and not having enough testicular fortitude to announce to the city that he was officially leaving before he ran like a thief in the night to KY to announce there. Oh and there is One more, people like yourself who make arrogant comments like this garbage,


now it seems like they think they're a top 10 program or something



hat rock have you been living under? I know you think that Kentucky is the end all be all of college basketball, but believe it or not, there are other programs out there that have closed the gap on the prestigious programs.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2009 2:46 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

Not on the radar before Coach Cal? How long have you been watching basketball? 15 years tops??

We played UCLA in the NC game in 73 and were in the final 4 in 85. We have been a team that was consistently there, but just not able to push to the higher level.

The players that are leaving had no loyalty to the university ... it was always about playing for a coach with NBA connections. They are all one and done. Fine, let em showcase themselves for a year and leave. We will let Pastner build the core of a team that will be consistently in the NCAA tournament. No worries

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2009 2:33 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

 First off, there's no way you should begrudge Coach Cal for going to UK.



As long as this thread is - 15 pages now -

not at all

not any

not one time

did any memphis fan critisize CAL for wanting to coach at Kentucky......

I really suggest you go read these posts before assuming some bull crap like this



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2009 2:28 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

I didn't notice this before, but Memphis fans are laughable. First off, there's no way you should begrudge Coach Cal for going to UK. It's obviously a better job. I could see Memphis fans being upset if he would have left for NC State a few years back, but if he's leaving for one of the top jobs in the country any intelligent fan would wish him well and thank him for the exposure he's given Memphis.

Secondily, if a kid wants to play for a certain coach why should he get punished and have to go somewhere else. If he changes his mind and wants to play at UK for Coach Cal how would it be fair to him to turn him away just so.....what, I can't see a legit reason to force the kid to go some place else. Memphis was not on anyone's radar nationally before Cal but now it seems like they think they're a top 10 program or something. I think they should change the old saying "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" and take out woman and put in Memphis fan. Nobody can just admit that there are better jobs out there and if we lose our coach to those schools it's understandable.

Btw, Roy Williams left KU on probation when he left and I would argue that's alot less classy than letting a kid choose which school he wants to play basketball at.

Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2009 2:20 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

I love Coach Cal and will be pulling for UK to turn it around.

If he brings in guys to UK who signed letters to play at Memphis that is wrong, he recruited those kids on Memphis time and money.  He doesn't need them and it wouldn't be worth it to screw up his legacy at Memphis doing that.

Memphis AD RC Johnson is a joke.  He needs to go, if new coach works out it is because he bungled into it.  Plus, RC Johnson bungled the chance Memphis had to be in the Big East...

I sure hope Coach Pastenr can hang onto those JUCO players.  We need them just to field a team next year.


Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2009 1:53 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

 halo you know just as much as I do recruits do it all the time to every team !


      I dont know that it happens all the time. I assume that it doesnt happen all the time. The only examples I have seen are examples of coaches refusing to let players follow them to another university. You didnt provide any examples of players actually doing it. However, it doesnt matter if it happens all the time or not. Its still unethical and classless for Calipari to leave the door open for recruits to follow him to another university. BILL SELF DIDNT DO IT.....BOB HUGGINS DIDNT DO IT......ROY WILLIAMS DIDNT DO IT.......cmon know its low down as hell....

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2009 1:52 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

Going to school with Josh, this guy NEVER lets up.  He graduated in 3 years while playing and coahcing.  Memphis will love this guy and he can recruit his ass off.  Go Get Em Josh!


Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 1:43 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart



Ok, yes you guys have won titles in the past, winningest program, etc.  However, that is all in the PAST!  You guys haven't done CRAP in 10 years plus!  Uk used to be the program to go to, not anymore.  UNC, UConn, Michigan St., UCLA, and even Memphis are better jobs right now than UK.  I know I'll get railed for saying Memphis, but seriously, in the last decade Memphis has done waaaay more than UK has.  "But we have championships", the UK fans will say....yes you do, but you might want to get some Pledge to dust them off because they've got cobbwebs all over them.  Since the Pitino days, UK has been a place with history, THAT'S IT!  It's kinda like Notre Dame fans still saying that it's the best job in college football.  Bullcrap!  USC, Flordia, LSU, and many others are MUCH better jobs than Notre Dame now.  Same goes for UK in basketball.  They are a has been program that believes they are entitled to championships every year and if they don't get them, they just whine, complain, and fire their coach.  

Cal will not win a championship with you guys, I'm convinced.  Even if he gets you to the champ. game, he will choke again like he did with us.  You will have a lot of one and dones, poor free throw shooting, and lack of discipline during games.  So UK, welcome to the Calipari era.  Hope it comes back to bite you in the @ss.


Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 12:42 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

The whole point is simply this, these kids were recruit on our dollar not UK's !  Of course we are saying something about it!  I can not believe people are shocked we are pissed!  I have not and did not send money to the University of Memphis to recruit player for us to have them play for Kentucky! If they wish to leave fine, but they should not be courted to play for Kentucky!

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 12:34 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart


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