AUDIO: The Athletic's Dana O'Neil on the Gary Parrish Show to discuss Penny/Memphis

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Wednesday, February 14th

AUDIO: The Athletic's Dana O'Neil on the Gary Parrish Show to discuss Penny/Memphis

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Dana O'Neil joins me now Dana it's scary how are yeah. Under our while Gary -- you how everything's okay and where I appreciate you being here let me ask you look at this first he's been a couple days in Memphis you went to. He's. Hi game you went to a universe to Memphis game you went to teams famously. Tom what did you learn about the complexities of the Memphis basketball program while you were in Memphis. Yeah I mean look it's not as you well now it is. Got a simple situation. People invented our hats are very passionate happen for a lot easier about the tiger at a lot of touched it yet. About how things should go which I think has you know. Factored into a lot of coaches equations the last few years not just Tubby Smith that guard Josh passed on certain extent I'm cal Perry meaning back to Larry and show. There's a lot ballot on in the city I think people are really disappointed that they're not more competitive prayed Allah. They're shelling nutshell about the liking the product very much. The simple solution of course they seem to think is pending Arlington apartment and she didn't you and I know this simple solution bottle is that simple so. You know I think that a lot of under current ring number I'm. We're talking to Dana O'Neil from the athletic shoe is on Twitter at Dana O'Neil rider that's at Dana O'Neil writer Tom. The Draper who. Com you spoke with said that he thinks Penny Hardaway is the only person who could save Memphis basketball with all due respect him respect to mr. Draper. I think the hard way is an option I would certainly considerate especially if he told me he could bring those team any kids immediately through but. Isn't true that there were there's a lot of people that could do the Memphis job well I know what's the complex job. Arm and can be complicated situation. But it's set up to win you got the facility you've got the fan base you've got a natural recruiting base it's not. And you correct me if I'm wrong it does seem like it's as typical of a job to do. You know as as it as it looks like it might be right now. I don't think it is well I mean it. You know that every that he and all of the infrastructure there especially with the need to hurry they have they'd ever in basking in the program. That's football team has successfully as you know that help. Raise the profile help basketball what it might teach that in court. Other fan base is very passionate they are million players a complaint achieved any encounter that would be willing to you know hopefully willing to jump but he got right person it. But I you know I think. And and the challenge is it just talk about illegal American athletic Cochran were at biggest challenge but looks into that he has been expressed are badly at that you want church I. Other programs in Nathalie have batted the ball pretty viable thing yeah I don't think. It's penny or acting I understand what people think penny will be a great solution B can you bring instantaneous excitement he will bring theoretically all those players got planned far out. And you know obviously you'll bring the fan base electrify a direction and I know that once that stuff kind of calm down and that's that additional wage. Thank you get it at the business of coaching and front Larry and I that eat up. I hate can really run a program well. And there are guys who does that successfully. We have more experience than Penny Hardaway that can probably get a job just blow up a better. I'm talking to Dana O'Neill here from the athletic to your point after the story a million times but it I think it underlines what you said on. These. Who won a pennies and close friend was on in 99 earlier today and he said listen penny loves to coach you love coaching. And down I don't doubt that blood. Coach is not really about coaching it's I remember being a coaching clinic one time. I'm talking to Bill Self the young aspiring coach walks over and says coach of I don't mean to erupt because I I'd love if you had five minutes at some point. I'd love the tortilla and down east and of course what's up introduced himself. And the the guys that doesn't coach I want to be. A college basketball coach some day and I'm wondering if you have any advice forming and Bill Self said let me ask you questioned first why do you wanna be a college basketball coach. And he said Tom because I loved coaching he's at the you don't wanna be college basketball coach could be an NBA coach you wanna be high school coach. You ought to be a Youth League coached my job's not cool to about 10% of my job coaching 90% is dealing with all of the earth stopped and I think that's a reasonable question asked about a Penny Hardaway like does he wanna spend. All of that time to win the other stuff because if you think it's just about coaching and recruiting that's not be an account coaches. Now it's absolutely and and you're pretty damning yet you've got great kids playing for him on team penny that's one thing she is it different animal when he got to go out into the country and which not to coach came in July circuit but actually glad it up by the bleachers. And look for player who tried to could be that the Asian chicken. Aren't gonna Lara and it at the post I have a accurate program on head to head which. And you got to manage our beloved by that and they were glad handing and that's. At the front range you know I'll I got to deal a parent you got it below the athletic administrators. You gotta deal all sorts of things that we got in Al iTunes to your head and thought I hope nobody gets himself in trouble. I think you're back fire torch. There are so ready and luckily we've seen a budget guys at Chris Allen Patrick Ewing at Montgomery Al. Clothing made the leap and it doesn't go at eagle is ever think being a great beloved player does not make bakery all of that coach automatically. Dana O'Neil from the athletics is on Twitter at Dana O'Neil writer Alice circle back to what you said about. Conference affiliation being among the issues for Memphis because I hate it when people say that people act like. I I I actually respect from a UConn fan. You don't like when you content we were in the big east an hour in the AAC and it has changed us. A Memphis wasn't comfort USA men's purses and better leaked today. That it was in for a much of John cal Perry's tenure and much of Josh pastors tenure and it jive didn't have any issued recruiting the coverage USA and Josh had no issue recruiting to conference US so like whereas you can't drop delta lead. Arm in prestige and everything else I don't think it's having an effect on them meant this is it a better lead I don't find that to be a viable excuse do you. Now I die I got narrative that you Connor earlier that exactly. Al changer dug them I think it completely change their brand you know that the big east as part of they're right get any dot com why that they played. That's that they were particularly at the ready to fit in the geography. You know bad as it always sort of been a lack of a better we're a bit of a cop or back about. And so you know they Wear any kit they belong. And yet they went through a lot of stuff I mean I had all you educate you what happened at RB. We alive and (%expletive) happen and then hit that that there are piling there aren't there here in Atlanta and in that battery forms. And yet it's not a power five conferences but. It's not bad it is probably next I mean again he got that he got. Teams that are in around that they are similar style and in terms of you know make up of the institution. And they should be competing whacked so you know I had studied at that question you know he talked about playing good you'd only play action knowing what we are supposed to be. One advocate team in the league and I made the point. About UConn I can make it again about meant that. People wouldn't be talking about the lack of power and I attic at the American athletic conference it UConn and then there's. Or who they were supposed to be they would need Wichita that they say that because both. Corcoran go to they had been just had to that there are other especially at the back cover you at 88 baby carrier Netflix and they're not. So I don't think that that the Bible is at all. No if you wanna fix the American have a conference I mean you just give Memphis and UConn operating at something close to its normal historical standards and in Wichita Falls Wichita as a news as it used to say synthetic. You've got a great basketball league. But but it. It's relying on Memphis being what it's supposed to be and like you said you come being what it's supposed to be talking to Dana O'Neil. From the athletic that you spoke to a tumble in the athletic director and here is among the things he told you he said there are a lot of positives that are happening and at some point we'll bring us all together and have a great when all season it's my job as an athletic director to support our student athletes and our coaches to listen to our leadership make sure we are making progress. And I think we are. I really do in quotes and down I like Tom a lot and like I hadn't but perhaps that's just the type of thing you have to say when you're an athletic director. But it's illegal for you flew into town spent time around that program has been timer on the season. Do you know what positives and progress he's pointing to. Lot of it and bit the bit about Obama you're talking going back. Taking the night before. You know when he cut it to five and he thought he doesn't freshmen come a lot you're. They had done pay they cut it to five and are increasing the bailout which ought. So you know it's great that they cut it that a big steel club by what each and I think he's looking at curiously small baby steps. That he's trying to cling Chilean about a young freshman and I think they're by their way to explain a little better now like what Ortiz later. Bet your aggregate and altercation before the game so that doesn't necessarily out. Things are getting better. I think you know that the problems and even that he tried it felt that are needed to leave that. Itty bitty baby steps of progress. That they've kept that. Not what people want to hear about they don't want to hear about freshman getting a little bit better about illegal are competitive action you and I like your era potentially a lot guys signed for next year and the restart. Now did nothing tangible for people let's say OK we remove them might want in November December at least an hour like all of them by fiber you know where were. Britney gave up at the last two minutes which are assigned to type action at getting better but had to our guitar Arctic air out. There's a lot of I'd want. So it to achieve that they shouldn't be losing jacket and outside of Wichita State. You know I get it I get what you happened today but I think you know most people would be like that that's just not enough. Talking to Dana O'Neil from the athletic when you and I spoke in advance to be visiting Memphis and come we just bounce ideas off of each other and I told you arm if you get skinny he's excellent whenever you get a really good. But I I think you'll remember this I said but good luck because like. If he's not the easiest person to get and I think for anybody who read the story. Mom you'd never actually got a chance to speak to him at at any link how weird is that not only Jews took to back this up but. Made the point earlier. Arm you could probably get a 45 minute sit down with literally any coach in America do you being Dana O'Neil if you want to sit out you've set out what all these people before Mike Hsu shifts to Jay Wright John cal Perry Roy Williams you name it is that's not a difficult thing for you to do the idea that you. That Penny Hardaway is impossible to get in touch with just struck me as odd. I had indicated that I get so yeah I think I can cure it by heart and it weren't for public got expecting that the over coverage. If you want to play not prove that this Eliot etiquette are etiquette are at a but it's hard to get in front of somebody would. They're literally you know Billick hydrants are gonna look like they're calling the layup clinical ally in age and out and starting lineup Alley I don't think we're gonna get you right now looking at about the first charge so yeah it would bizarre. But I don't have a preexisting relationship with that he had a former NBA player out of college coaches had to quote deal that they. And from his perspective I got to thinking about it. What is he gonna say. Right by not saying any saying he's been a great situation here remained above the fray. He would not out here grow at and T bucket the bucket up front have the end of the bus he doesn't sound at a beach he doesn't sound desperate yet not needy. Methane anything but everybody else gets it more it's not a bad place would be about things that barely intent. But it that it wouldn't and it working very welcome an advantage because you I was talking about the need exco and he hasn't had to open at about one battle. You know it it was I brought against fighting it template and use a little bit. That shaped the hierarchical. Authority but the end of the day at a well because a worker. I'd get it like to post. Yeah he isn't a difficult spot to speak publicly about the universe to Memphis basketball program because at some point the question is asked to do you wanna beat ex basketball coach at Memphis yankees. There's no great way to answer that it without being disrespectful to the man who has the job right now I mean they're a waste to answer I think if I were advising any outlets that hate. Called Dana back sit down with their interest teller you can comment on this but like at least get you know she'll back courtesy. Ignoring. A and again I don't move it did I don't mean to embarrass you but in boring prominent national college basketball columnist. I'm probably isn't isn't the best way to handle that but I do acknowledged that. Perhaps some there's no great things for him to say you talked to a lot of people who. Know penny though. Com let me ask you this do you think he wants to be and expects to be the next Memphis basketball coach. I cannot be expected they I don't and I think I do think he would be interest and from what I understand you know. You recognize what we like you and I talked about earlier that shot at a lot more as a coach we got shot a one party it up or caught. I think he recognizes that lightly at Ernie. You know whether or not want to buy up all that in that involved in coaching from what I understand he realizes that the commitment that he hasn't had yet to make especially. But that he that he doesn't even have to coach Gunter a talented but. I think he would be very interested to entertain it from what I understand now that could of course just wishful thinking that the people that are surrounding can apply it to adopt I have. Quantify what I'm thinking penny thinking put out a battalion ninth or shortcut that plane that's been our. But it I think it will be very picture convert half point. It's not there already it could be an issue and if it meant that for whatever you choose which. Part ways the parties that. They get them there at least are gonna have to get the manager. At that want to give the man and it if you want and that would give an interview at the door wide open that until. I'm that you at Georgetown which was in a similar situation last year. On they did not initially turned Patrick Ewing and people that one of the explanations I was told us. They didn't want to bring. Patrick in. Unless they knew they were gonna hire him they didn't want to bring him in and then not hired and so that it's obviously a delicate situation in the I do think they'll probably get there. Someday one way or another where they had to make a decision to they won't need to be. The Mexico to the tigers or not did you ever read the story yet you can read it at the athletic dot com they don't feel the author. It's about Memphis basketball on the possibility of someday Penny Hardaway. Coaching the tigers again is that the athletic big dot com.
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