What a mess at Memphis

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It is reported that Arkansas is one of the schools that has shown interest in Markel Crawford transfer and Markel says he would be interested in talking to Arkansas. It does seem like a long shot for us since there is only one schollie left and it appears they want a PG.

Comments: it certainly appears to be in a mess, Tubby will have to ride this out and at the same time establish a relationship within the Memphis community on his own merits as Memphis head coach, and not on the coat tail of an ambitious father that probably have other ideals that causes me to wonder how self-serving was that. In the meantime perhaps Mike can grab few

I’m having a hard time doing anything but smiling…

It appears to be a mess, but maybe it’s been a mess and Tubby is cleaning it up rather than the person that made it.

I know it’s easy to look at the situation, and be like, he lost the Lawsons, alienated the dad, and ran everyone off, but maybe that Lawson situation wasn’t as ideal as people made it out to be. It wasn’t like they were winning with the Lawsons there before Tubby came in either. To me, looks Tubby let it be known from day 1 he was in charge of the program and the kids were going to do it the way he wanted them to do it and didn’t care about their rankings or future pipeline they had. That’s the problem with people hiring these dads just to sign their sons, it rarely works out, and Tubby had to inherit a situation like that. Tubby has a proven history of being a great coach and has had success at every program he’s been to, he knows what a good program should look like.

I’d save this thread and see where they are in a couple of years. They’ll take a step back next year, but when Tubby gets some of his guys there wouldn’t surprise me at all if they end up being the Memphis of old again.

I dunno. It seems to me that the most successful Tiger High teams, always seemed to walk on the shady side. Dana Kirk, Calamari. Need I say more? Maybe Tubby wasn’t a great fit for this type of program. Too clean.

Here’s a little bit of what Tubby inherited.


Memphis media is killing Tubby, but honestly he’s just trying to clean house Pastner left him an absolute mess. Pastner had the Lawson’s dad there thinking he’s running things because of his kids and his Memphis connections. And there was just no control/leadership in that program. And this is a perfect example of why you do not hire an assisant coach based on the sole purpose of them bringing you certain recruits, whether they be the coaches kids or local connections. It almost never works out.