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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: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 11:19 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

" While I understand your frustration, and can sympathize with it, I do not agree with the classless or unethical statement.  Regardless if calipari wants them to follow or not, it should be ultimately up to the players who clearly chose Memphis because of Calipari being the coach.  They should not be forced to stay with Memphis, if Calipari and his style and system are what they want.  With that said, I hope that memphis can rebound, and remain a winning program.  It is good to see the smaller, lesser named teams making runs. "

I'm seeing a lot of comments like the one above.  Forget about the players that didn't sign letters.  What should be communicated is first, the kids that were signed were all recruited under the assumption that coach cal would be at Memphis.  But most importantly that Cal's recruiting trips were paid by Memphis.  No one is saying that these kids should have to come to Memphis only that Kentucky shouldn't benefit from Cal's recruiting paid for by Memphis.  If Cal recruits the kids that have already signed commitment letters or any of them that committed then his moral and ethics should come into question.  Especially since he told all of us through the media that his desire would be that all the current players and committed players stay in Memphis. 

I read one post where someone gave an analogy, ".....if it were your son.........",  Well if it were my son I would be telling them, that sometimes in life if feels like you were dealt a bad hand.  But you can either have integrity and honor the committment to the school you signed your name to or you can be like Calipari and have your signature mean nothing.  Calipari's signed contract was thru the 2012-2013 season.  I wouldn't want my son playing for someone like that.  These are life lessons.  Because in the grand scheme of things if the recruit is good enough to play in the NBA then it won't matter what school he plays for.  But what will matter is what he learns from those who have the most influence on them while that are at that school.  I don't want my son feeling like it's okay not to honor your word or have your signature not mean anything.  Calipari's integrity should come into question if he takes any of the current players  or committed recruiting class.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 11:14 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

To me this is one of the worst things about this - the brutal non conference schedule with the team Memphis was supposed to field next year could have done more to vindicate another breeze through CUSA and a high seed in the Tourney and silenced some of the critics.  Well, a few anyway.

As a Duke fan I was happy to see a true home and home with Memphis - isn't the first one in Memphis? This is something Duke hasn't done quite enough of. The only problem now is that if Duke wins it'll be because Cal raped the program.  And if Memphis wins everyone will say Duke is overrated and it doesn't count.  Of course they'll say that anyway...

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 11:09 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart


Cheer up.  You'll be alright.  Pastner is going to be a hell of a coach.  Look, you didn't lose your coach and your players to any school.  You lost them to the greatest tradition in the HISTORY of college basketball and the WINNINGEST program in the history of college basketball.  You will be competitive.  Schedule Carolina, Indiana, Kansas and UCLA and BEAT them!  Kentucky fans will be behind you.  Trust me.


Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:45 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart


 Henry, one and done.  Cousin's one and done, but won't make the SAT score to get into SEC school.  The one and dones don't do much for any program, wither its Memphis or UCLA.  Programs are built by 3+ year players.  Look at NC with Hansbrough, Green, Lawson.  Not one and dones.


Cal contacted both Henry and Dodson on behalf of KY while he was Memphis's coach.  Both of them should be prevented from attending KY.  I was a big fan and defender of Cal's during his Memphis days, but this move crossed the line.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:29 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

The Tiger football team is fast becoming the premiere sports program on the Memphis campus.


Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:27 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

For example -- if it was your son, and Calipari was recruiting him and your son signs a letter of intent to play basketball at whatever college, with Calipari as the coach.  After signing -- Calipari is woo'd by a bigger program and signs a contract to coach there.  Are you going to tell your son -- sorry -- i know you had your heart set on playing for Calipari, but you signed with the 1st school, so too bad you have to go there.  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  you are going to do whatever it is that is best for your kid.


So, you're telling that what is "best for your kid" is to agree that his commitment means nothing, his signature means nothing, his integrity means nothing, his honesty . . . 

You sound like one of those democrat congressmen.  Pi$$ on your ethics, I'm getting what I can as soon as I can and the rest of you be damned.

I'm praying you don't have, or plan to have, any kids to raise -- because my grandchildren might get in hot water for showing them exactly what it is that they deserve.


Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:18 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:17 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

 It might not be now and it might not be in 5 years, but Pasner will surpass what Cal has done. Without pasner recruiting so hard for Him Cal wouldn't have signed at least 2 of the 5 he had going to Memphis

If Pasner was the biggest reason that these kids decided to go to Memphis, then why are they changing their minds now and wanting to go where Cal goes?  Pastner might be good at scouting out talent, but Cal is the one that got them to come to Memphis.  The kids loved how loose the reigns were with Cal and the "dribble drive" offense or whatever the BS is called.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:11 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

 LOL   Classless, let's just let players( should I say STUDENT athletes) change schools anytime they get a bug up their rearend.  You know college is only about the games.  Let's make it a free for all---highest bidders take all.  LOL

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:09 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

 If these players only wanted to play at Memphis because John Calipari was the head coach, why should they have to stay?





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