Pearl says coaching changes 'out of whack'

SEC Coach of the Year one season, fired the next.

That was the story Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl found himself reading about Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie, who was fired Friday.

Gillispie missed the NCAA tournament this season and was let go, despite going 20-12 in the SEC over the past two seasons.

"I know that Mike Krzyzewski's first three years at Duke were losing years and Digger Phelps lost his first two years at Notre Dame and then he beats UCLA,'' Pearl said. "There are some things about their (Kentucky) roster that he just couldn't control.''

The Vols had a hand in that, winning a last-minute recruiting battle for point guard Bobby Maze last spring and snatching Kentucky Player of the Year Scotty Hopson from both Gillispie and Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Pearl will enter his fifth year with Tennessee as No. 5 on the SEC coaching tenure list.

Georgia and Alabama are also making coaching changes this season. South Carolina and LSU made changes last season, Arkansas and Kentucky changed coaches two years ago and Ole Miss made a change three years ago,

It has left Pearl's head spinning and kept his assistant coaches busy changing scouting reports.

"I understand expectations, but the SEC is different it has changed,'' said Pearl, whose Vols have finished first or second in the league each of his four years at the helm. "This is one of the toughest divisions in college basketball. I know it wasn't strong this year, but it was competitive.''

Pearl said he felt Gillispie did a "good job'' with Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley a season ago when he won 12 SEC games and shared SEC Coach of the Year honors with Pearl.

"The race this year could have gone any way,'' Pearl said. "He could have won the (SEC) East as easily as he finished third or fourth.

"I don't think anybody predicted we'd go to Florida and South Carolina and win the thing.''

Nor would anyone have expected Pearl to become the first coach in SEC history to finish ahead of Kentucky in the league four consecutive years.

"These coaching changes ... it's just out of whack,'' Pearl said. "You're just not gonna win this division every year.''

Indeed, not even Florida could repeat as SEC East Division champions in the years they were repeat NCAA tournament champions.

"Obviously, in Billy's case, there was more to it than just winning or losing games,'' Pearl said. "I can't speculate as to the areas he didn't perform up to task.''

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bobbytodd writes:

Its because UK cries coach..you know that...and their coach is a drunk.

GahLee writes:

Pear is dead on here...they didn't give him a fair shake...of course I don't know all the details and what happened behind closed doors but it seems they didn't give him enough time...this will set them back even further.

bobbytodd writes:

in response to GahLee:

Pear is dead on here...they didn't give him a fair shake...of course I don't know all the details and what happened behind closed doors but it seems they didn't give him enough time...this will set them back even further.

All the things I have heard is that he wasn't a bad coach but he wasn't the best person. The thing that really made the mad was when he said he was a coach and recruiter but not an ambassador for Kentucky.

ncvol17 writes:

didn't woo the big buck horse owner donors or the media..he could have survived the losses but had no one in his corner outside his players....well, time to dislike the next guy whoever he may be.

MrBamSeydu writes:

Kentucky blames it on not having a coach.

Maybe it's because this isn't the middle of the 20th century anymore and the best players don't want to be stuck in KENTUCKY for 3-4 years playing their basketball.

I realize Knoxville, TN isn't exactly a spring break hot spot, but it's closer to real life than any place I've been to in Kentucky.

NOONE CARES ABOUT KENTUCKY BASKETBALL ANYMORE!!! JUST LIKE ARIZONA BASKETBALL!! OR NEBRASKA FOOTBALL!!! OR LOUISIANA TECH WOMENS BASKETBALL!!

KYJurisDoctor writes:

University of Kentucky "pulled a fast one" on Basketball Coach, Billy Gillespie. Read more: http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2009/0...

KYJurisDoctor writes:

University of Kentucky "pulled a fast one" on Basketball Coach, Billy Gillespie. Read more: http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2009/0...

vut56#231073 writes:

From stuff I have read and heard, it was not the wins or losses, but his people skills with team, alumni, media, etc. True or false, he is out.

Now, that having been said, coaches are in a league by themselves when it comes to loyalty(lack of), self interest, self promotion and ego; can one blame them, when, a few too many losses, a POed alumni/donor or a slip with a microphone stuffed into your face and you are sent packing?

Know not much about Kentucky, but Rupp ruled and, since then, they have been in the pack with the rest of us. Odds are they will never head the conference again, what with LSU, TN and FL building a tradition, offering great facilities and coaching that can secure sucess.

Could not happen to a nicer bunch!!

volunteer11 writes:

who cares about everything else. please stay here bruce!!!!

Laydbakvol writes:

Coach Pearl was on the plane with me from Newark this morning. I said Hey, coach. He said Hey back. Cool.

SCVolsFan writes:

Well they can't have our coach! Bruce has put TN basketball on the map again.

MillisaAnn writes:

You are so right Coach Pearl! :) :) :)

CoverOrange writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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Hate to say it, but I agree. There ain't no east trophy. Not sure what "thing" CBP was referring to.

Also, that Tennessee has finished ahead of Kentucky four years in a row is like a consolation prize. Let's just straight up beat them like Florida.

Seriouslyorange writes:

The reason we love CBP is that he loves that c(r)ap that CBG hated at KY. He put Tennessee on the BB map doing all the c(r)ap . Folks just better get used to the c(r)ap if you are going to have your program in the spotlight. That or they will get out the KY jelly to ease the pain when you bend ov..or rather bow out!!

cgbtn writes:

If one earns a million dollars a year to coach basketball, one needs to win or be gone. What right of entitlement should allow one to become a millionaire without being competitive. It's simple: if you take the money, win and win now, or move on.

raoucubs writes:

I used to live in Lexington and it was a great town except for all the blue everywhere. But they expect out of their basketball what we expect out of football. He ruffled feathers when he first came to town. Not speaking in front of the rotary club was a big one. They need and want a kentucky guy and want somebody that can handle the pressure of being the bigger than the governor in the state of kentucky.

Volfan1 writes:

Four nice facts for today:
1. Winning the East IS an accomplishment that 5 other Eastern teams don't get, plus it means top seeding in the SEC tourney.
2. CBP OWNS Eddie Munster.
3. Kentucky basketball "ain't what it used to be."
4. Tiger High is exposed and gone.
Overall, a nice day for Big Orange Country. (Anyone else that we can make mad? Ha!)

GahLee writes:

See, this is the problem with college sports, so much politics. Gotta speak in front of the donors gotta do this or that, oh don't make him mad, he donates X amount to this university, money, money, money. I know that it is and will always be the bottom line in sports but I hate to see that he wasn't judged solely on his coaching merits but more on his social skills. With that being said, I hope they hire some brain-dead moron who doesn't know how to hold a clip-board much less win some games. We will see Billy again at some school with lesser expectations and he again will do just fine.

BigOrangeVol writes:

Cheatin' Tide new basketball coach = [Yawn]
Kinsucky new basketball coach = [Yawn]
JoJa new basketball coach = [Yawn]

Just line up for your Big Orange beatings and shut up.

bluetiger writes:

in response to supersmo18:

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Wrong. Read the Commercial Appeal today.

It amazes me that some UT fans are so obsessed with Memphis that they'll post something relating to our program under an article where Memphis isn't even mentioned.

Calipari is already the second highest-paid coach in the country now, and the U of M is working to increase his salary. Cal has the top recruiting class in the country next season. He didn't do all that work just to hand the program over to someone else. Memphis has some of the best facilities in the country, an intensely loyal fan base, and he likes living in a big city and has said many times that he loves Memphis.

And Cal is right about one thing. High school kids today aren't hearing about programs like UK that had great seasons several years ago, they hear about the programs that are in the spotlight and have winning seasons now. And like it or not Memphis haters, ours is one of those programs in the spotlight.

THE_VOL writes:

in response to GahLee:

Pear is dead on here...they didn't give him a fair shake...of course I don't know all the details and what happened behind closed doors but it seems they didn't give him enough time...this will set them back even further.

Pearl is just singing the same thing all coaches sing this time of year - "you can't win every year...blah blah blah" What he doesn't recognize - at least until his last statement - is that this had NOTHING to do with winning/losing. Gillispie is generally an azz, he's VERY hard to work for (ask Steve Forbes), he didn't develop ANY solid relationships with the people that fund that program, and basically pi$$ed off too many folks with deep pockets. He might could have gotten away with it IF he had in fact won like they expected but even with that his tenure would have been shortlived cause he would have been an even bigger azz then!!!

ZALWEED writes:

in response to bobbytodd:

All the things I have heard is that he wasn't a bad coach but he wasn't the best person. The thing that really made the mad was when he said he was a coach and recruiter but not an ambassador for Kentucky.

Right on Bobby...it wasn't the coaching as much as all the off the field stuff. You had Gillespie and Barnhart on the same day giving the exact opposites on what is required of the coach. I am sure Coach K showed a little more class in the media than Billy Clyde did.

ZALWEED writes:

in response to THE_VOL:

Pearl is just singing the same thing all coaches sing this time of year - "you can't win every year...blah blah blah" What he doesn't recognize - at least until his last statement - is that this had NOTHING to do with winning/losing. Gillispie is generally an azz, he's VERY hard to work for (ask Steve Forbes), he didn't develop ANY solid relationships with the people that fund that program, and basically pi$$ed off too many folks with deep pockets. He might could have gotten away with it IF he had in fact won like they expected but even with that his tenure would have been shortlived cause he would have been an even bigger azz then!!!

And he was also facing a mass exodus of Meeks/Patterson and many possible others as well because he didn't get along with his players.

GahLee writes:

in response to bluetiger:

Wrong. Read the Commercial Appeal today.

It amazes me that some UT fans are so obsessed with Memphis that they'll post something relating to our program under an article where Memphis isn't even mentioned.

Calipari is already the second highest-paid coach in the country now, and the U of M is working to increase his salary. Cal has the top recruiting class in the country next season. He didn't do all that work just to hand the program over to someone else. Memphis has some of the best facilities in the country, an intensely loyal fan base, and he likes living in a big city and has said many times that he loves Memphis.

And Cal is right about one thing. High school kids today aren't hearing about programs like UK that had great seasons several years ago, they hear about the programs that are in the spotlight and have winning seasons now. And like it or not Memphis haters, ours is one of those programs in the spotlight.

Nobody likes living in Memphis...who are you trying to kid here. You guys should keep Calipari...he is WAY OVERRATED. Played a good team in the tourney and got bounced, like i said awhile back, Memphis can't hang with the good teams.

bluetiger writes:

in response to GahLee:

Nobody likes living in Memphis...who are you trying to kid here. You guys should keep Calipari...he is WAY OVERRATED. Played a good team in the tourney and got bounced, like i said awhile back, Memphis can't hang with the good teams.

A lot of people like living in Memphis. But I know you Knoxville folks have to tell yourself that's not true because of your inferiority complex.

Yeah, we can't play tough teams. The run to the national championship game last year and the Elite Eight the two years prior were all flukes.

We were the only team in this year's tourney to make the Sweet 16 four years straight.

Yeah, we stink. And as long as we keep getting those sub-par players like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Demarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and probably John Wall, we'll continue to stink. What a shambles our program is in! Maybe I'll switch and become a UT fan so I can see my team never advance past the Sweet Sixteen or get eliminated the first round. Yeah, that's what I'll do -- when pigs fly and when Knoxville becomes the home of Rock 'n Roll, the BBQ capital of the world and Beale Street.

What is Knoxville known for anyway? I mean besides the Lady Vols? And the national championship in football 11 years ago?

Kiffin_fan writes:

in response to bluetiger:

A lot of people like living in Memphis. But I know you Knoxville folks have to tell yourself that's not true because of your inferiority complex.

Yeah, we can't play tough teams. The run to the national championship game last year and the Elite Eight the two years prior were all flukes.

We were the only team in this year's tourney to make the Sweet 16 four years straight.

Yeah, we stink. And as long as we keep getting those sub-par players like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Demarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and probably John Wall, we'll continue to stink. What a shambles our program is in! Maybe I'll switch and become a UT fan so I can see my team never advance past the Sweet Sixteen or get eliminated the first round. Yeah, that's what I'll do -- when pigs fly and when Knoxville becomes the home of Rock 'n Roll, the BBQ capital of the world and Beale Street.

What is Knoxville known for anyway? I mean besides the Lady Vols? And the national championship in football 11 years ago?

Where is The Great Tyreke Evans today? Nuff said..

ZALWEED writes:

in response to bluetiger:

A lot of people like living in Memphis. But I know you Knoxville folks have to tell yourself that's not true because of your inferiority complex.

Yeah, we can't play tough teams. The run to the national championship game last year and the Elite Eight the two years prior were all flukes.

We were the only team in this year's tourney to make the Sweet 16 four years straight.

Yeah, we stink. And as long as we keep getting those sub-par players like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Demarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and probably John Wall, we'll continue to stink. What a shambles our program is in! Maybe I'll switch and become a UT fan so I can see my team never advance past the Sweet Sixteen or get eliminated the first round. Yeah, that's what I'll do -- when pigs fly and when Knoxville becomes the home of Rock 'n Roll, the BBQ capital of the world and Beale Street.

What is Knoxville known for anyway? I mean besides the Lady Vols? And the national championship in football 11 years ago?

Well said.....

PaulTheVol writes:

Don't you love it when the little Memphis fans try to talk trash? It's like your snot-nosed little brother trying to act tough. Just pat him on the head and smile and try not to laugh in his face.

And in regards to Vol fans being obsessed with Memphis - last time I checked this was a Tennessee board, not a Memphis one (is there a Memphis board?). So just go on back to to the University of Orange Mound and stop obsessing about us.

Kiffin_fan writes:

in response to PaulTheVol:

Don't you love it when the little Memphis fans try to talk trash? It's like your snot-nosed little brother trying to act tough. Just pat him on the head and smile and try not to laugh in his face.

And in regards to Vol fans being obsessed with Memphis - last time I checked this was a Tennessee board, not a Memphis one (is there a Memphis board?). So just go on back to to the University of Orange Mound and stop obsessing about us.

Well said....

DLuckySeven writes:

in response to bluetiger:

A lot of people like living in Memphis. But I know you Knoxville folks have to tell yourself that's not true because of your inferiority complex.

Yeah, we can't play tough teams. The run to the national championship game last year and the Elite Eight the two years prior were all flukes.

We were the only team in this year's tourney to make the Sweet 16 four years straight.

Yeah, we stink. And as long as we keep getting those sub-par players like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Demarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and probably John Wall, we'll continue to stink. What a shambles our program is in! Maybe I'll switch and become a UT fan so I can see my team never advance past the Sweet Sixteen or get eliminated the first round. Yeah, that's what I'll do -- when pigs fly and when Knoxville becomes the home of Rock 'n Roll, the BBQ capital of the world and Beale Street.

What is Knoxville known for anyway? I mean besides the Lady Vols? And the national championship in football 11 years ago?

If you choke and lose the national championship game the way the tigers lost. It should not count even being in the game. All the tigers won was last loser for that year!!!!!!!! BIG HAIRY DEAL LOSER!

GR82BAVOL writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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"Nor would anyone have expected Pearl to become the first coach in SEC history to finish ahead of Kentucky in the league four consecutive years".

Enough said about that...

...regarding Gillespie, I haven't read all of the posts on the thread so forgive me if this has been mentioned, but on the coaching side of things, what in the heck was the deall with 2 hour a day practices on GAMEDAY?!?!?!
That's just goofy...no wonder they ran outta gas at the end of several games.

GR82BAVOL writes:

Plastic...meant to say I agreed with your reply.

abnerPeabody writes:

The last time I looked,Memphis was sitting at home,just like Tennessee and watching really elite teams play.I will give you credit, Memphis,you have the same number of N.C.trophies as the vols.Yes,we are both elite programs and are feared by the other big time programs.Not.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to DLuckySeven:

If you choke and lose the national championship game the way the tigers lost. It should not count even being in the game. All the tigers won was last loser for that year!!!!!!!! BIG HAIRY DEAL LOSER!

thats just an ignorant,comment to suggest that losing in a national championship game is akin to a team losing in the first round----even a Memphis hater cant really be this stupid to really believe such

GR82BAVOL writes:

Rob,

Here's a snippet from the article I read on Yahoo Sports. I have also enclosed the link to the full article below it:

"The team continued to hold draining two-hour practices on game day, a move Gillispie said was designed to toughen the players up but sometimes left them spent at the end of close contests."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090328/a...

abnermc writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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He was referring to the east: "the thing" & yes he did WIN it. The tie breaker is head-to-head just like in football. (remember 2007 when Fla was absent in Atl)

GR82BAVOL writes:

This business of two hour gameday practices to "toughen them up" is about as D-U-M-E dumb as it gets. What in the would you expect from your team as a coach if you wore their collective arses out beforehand?

The last thing I'll say is if he couldn't get to the NCAA's every year with Patterson and Meeks as his core, then Barnhart might've just made an unpopular decision with regards to the so-called "coaching fraternity", but an overall good decision for the University of Kentucky.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Most all sport fans know that in order to keep their jobs..you must win baby...and at Kentucky...that means win big. The whole state of Kentucky live through the success of theor basketball...Its more than just a game, to Kentucians, it is a way of life. As one Kentucky fan said over a talk radio show in a deeply emotional tone " its all we got". Most wildcat fans live and die with their beloved team.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to cgbtn:

If one earns a million dollars a year to coach basketball, one needs to win or be gone. What right of entitlement should allow one to become a millionaire without being competitive. It's simple: if you take the money, win and win now, or move on.

My exact thoughts. Coaches make 2-3 mil. a yr., you can't feel too sorry for them when they are forced out. He'll go somewhere else and pull in minimum 1 mil.

None of them are hurting financially. Pay them 2 mil. a yr. and expect a whole lot for it. They don't have to take the job if they are afraid of being fired in 3 yrs.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to ZALWEED:

Right on Bobby...it wasn't the coaching as much as all the off the field stuff. You had Gillespie and Barnhart on the same day giving the exact opposites on what is required of the coach. I am sure Coach K showed a little more class in the media than Billy Clyde did.

Being a true orange fan living in Memphis, I can vouch for Cal. He is always on TV, newspapers, talkshows, luncheons with groups, etc "politikin'".

Everyone loves him here and he "ain't goin' nowhere" !!

I think he is a great coach, I just don't like his arrogance and his disrespect for UT. I also think he schedules weak opponents deliberately. That's just my opinion though.

Colliervol writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Being a true orange fan living in Memphis, I can vouch for Cal. He is always on TV, newspapers, talkshows, luncheons with groups, etc "politikin'".

Everyone loves him here and he "ain't goin' nowhere" !!

I think he is a great coach, I just don't like his arrogance and his disrespect for UT. I also think he schedules weak opponents deliberately. That's just my opinion though.

Calipari ain't going anywhere. He's got the scam working perfectly with a few decent non-conference games and then winning 20 in a row in Conference USeless every year. Bingo--high seed every year and a good chance to go to at least the Sweet 16 every year. He has the game figured out and is playing it to the hilt. Simple as that. (And it works great till they run into a good team like they did Thursday.) Why would he risk getting into a conference where it's a dog fight every night? Not going to happen.

As far as "obsession" goes, the only thing I see is some Tiger fans that like to constantly come on this site and that would be defined as "obsession" to me. You won't see me venturing into one of theirs because I could care less what they are up to. Again, a one trick pony in a meaningless conference. Next subject.

ZALWEED writes:

I don't know if he does it now with Louisville, but Pitino used to have tough practices on game day when he was at UK.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to bluetiger:

A lot of people like living in Memphis. But I know you Knoxville folks have to tell yourself that's not true because of your inferiority complex.

Yeah, we can't play tough teams. The run to the national championship game last year and the Elite Eight the two years prior were all flukes.

We were the only team in this year's tourney to make the Sweet 16 four years straight.

Yeah, we stink. And as long as we keep getting those sub-par players like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Demarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and probably John Wall, we'll continue to stink. What a shambles our program is in! Maybe I'll switch and become a UT fan so I can see my team never advance past the Sweet Sixteen or get eliminated the first round. Yeah, that's what I'll do -- when pigs fly and when Knoxville becomes the home of Rock 'n Roll, the BBQ capital of the world and Beale Street.

What is Knoxville known for anyway? I mean besides the Lady Vols? And the national championship in football 11 years ago?

Dude, get a life. Memphis has never won anything. I grew up in Memphis and fled from there as soon as I could. Please find something better to do with your time other than trolling other teams' websites and trying to convince yourself that your choke team has elite status.

Madkels writes:

in response to bluetiger:

Wrong. Read the Commercial Appeal today.

It amazes me that some UT fans are so obsessed with Memphis that they'll post something relating to our program under an article where Memphis isn't even mentioned.

Calipari is already the second highest-paid coach in the country now, and the U of M is working to increase his salary. Cal has the top recruiting class in the country next season. He didn't do all that work just to hand the program over to someone else. Memphis has some of the best facilities in the country, an intensely loyal fan base, and he likes living in a big city and has said many times that he loves Memphis.

And Cal is right about one thing. High school kids today aren't hearing about programs like UK that had great seasons several years ago, they hear about the programs that are in the spotlight and have winning seasons now. And like it or not Memphis haters, ours is one of those programs in the spotlight.

Good points except the one about living in the "big city". I grew up in Memphis and have lived in Atlanta since 1989. Memphis is a dump. ATL is a big city (4 million). I doubt he stays at UM because of the "city". More than likely he lives out east.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Calipari ain't going anywhere. He's got the scam working perfectly with a few decent non-conference games and then winning 20 in a row in Conference USeless every year. Bingo--high seed every year and a good chance to go to at least the Sweet 16 every year. He has the game figured out and is playing it to the hilt. Simple as that. (And it works great till they run into a good team like they did Thursday.) Why would he risk getting into a conference where it's a dog fight every night? Not going to happen.

As far as "obsession" goes, the only thing I see is some Tiger fans that like to constantly come on this site and that would be defined as "obsession" to me. You won't see me venturing into one of theirs because I could care less what they are up to. Again, a one trick pony in a meaningless conference. Next subject.

Great post Collier. They said the other night that a mid-major team like Memphis would finish 7th in the Big East.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to bluetiger:

A lot of people like living in Memphis. But I know you Knoxville folks have to tell yourself that's not true because of your inferiority complex.

Yeah, we can't play tough teams. The run to the national championship game last year and the Elite Eight the two years prior were all flukes.

We were the only team in this year's tourney to make the Sweet 16 four years straight.

Yeah, we stink. And as long as we keep getting those sub-par players like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Demarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and probably John Wall, we'll continue to stink. What a shambles our program is in! Maybe I'll switch and become a UT fan so I can see my team never advance past the Sweet Sixteen or get eliminated the first round. Yeah, that's what I'll do -- when pigs fly and when Knoxville becomes the home of Rock 'n Roll, the BBQ capital of the world and Beale Street.

What is Knoxville known for anyway? I mean besides the Lady Vols? And the national championship in football 11 years ago?

Hate to break the news to you, but nobody outside of Shelby County cares about Memphis basketball. Only teams from major conferences get national attention, not teams from JUCO conferences who *think* they are an elite program.

texas writes:

in response to bluetiger:

Wrong. Read the Commercial Appeal today.

It amazes me that some UT fans are so obsessed with Memphis that they'll post something relating to our program under an article where Memphis isn't even mentioned.

Calipari is already the second highest-paid coach in the country now, and the U of M is working to increase his salary. Cal has the top recruiting class in the country next season. He didn't do all that work just to hand the program over to someone else. Memphis has some of the best facilities in the country, an intensely loyal fan base, and he likes living in a big city and has said many times that he loves Memphis.

And Cal is right about one thing. High school kids today aren't hearing about programs like UK that had great seasons several years ago, they hear about the programs that are in the spotlight and have winning seasons now. And like it or not Memphis haters, ours is one of those programs in the spotlight.

Tennessee leads the all-time series with Memphis 12-8, dating to 1969 ... Tennessee has won seven of the last ten meetings, including a 66-62 win in Memphis last season as the second-ranked Vols toppled the top-ranked Tigers. If the tigers can win 4 more years in a row we'll be all tied

dcap8424 writes:

in response to brownsvillevol:

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ha... i doubt he thinks you're the "leader." the ego on this guy seriously.

by the way, espn is even reporting on a calipari, kentucky possibility. sure cal says he's not interested, but that's what they always say.

"I don't give a poop about North Carolina" - Roy Williams when he coached Kansas

Colliervol writes:

Well, it looks like I was wrong about Calipari. It appears he wants to step up into the big leagues after all. Mark it down. Kentucky will be better if but for talent alone. (Cause he's probably bringing 3 studs with him.) Nobody ever said Cal couldn't recruit. He's one of the best. The question is bench coaching.

Wonder if Blue Tiger would like to revise any of his comments.

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