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REPORT: Tony Barbee is NOT a candidate for Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Last week, Memphis officially replaced former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith with local legend Penny Hardaway.

Almost immediately, an all-star cast of talent was being thrown around to join Hardaway’s class, with UK assistant coach Tony Barbee being one of those candidates.

According to 247 Sports’ Chris Fisher, however, Barbee is not a candidate and will not be headed to Memphis.

Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee is not a candidate for the same position at Memphis, 247Sports has learned.

There have been rumors that there may be a shakeup on the coaching staff this summer to help regain some momentum in the recruiting department, and there are whispers Barbee may be the guy to leave. UofL also reportedly asked for permission to interview Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne, but Chris Mack remains the heavy favorite to replace David Padgett.

Speaking of Tubby Smith, he is reportedly in talks to become the next head coach at High Point University, his alma mater.

Congratulations to Tubby for landing on his feet almost immediately after the Memphis situation.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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21 Comments for REPORT: Tony Barbee is NOT a candidate for Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis



  1. bigbluejon
    3:04 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Can’t get rid of this dude



  2. Catcasey1
    3:11 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Joel got to go and get O back



    • crazycatfan65
      3:57 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

      Cal hired Joel and put him on staff so he could start the relationships with younger players earlier. Cal want Joel to start the foundation of building relationships earlier instead of waiting until their junior or senior year in high school. If you don’t like the way Cal is doing things, find you another team to root for. Loserville and dUKe would probably like to have you as fans.



  3. Mathlete
    3:19 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Are you sure, Memphis? I mean, Tony is a really nice guy. Maybe you should give him a chance…



  4. UKinIN
    3:24 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Would not miss Barbee at all. Never once heard him praised by anyone on any platform.



  5. Swizzle
    3:26 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Hes gotta go



  6. crazycatfan65
    3:53 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Wow look at all the hatred. You guys must feel real big about yourselves. By the looks of it from where I am sitting, Barbee has already done more than what any of you sitting here complaining about him has ever done or will ever do. You guys are sorry excuses of fans and sounds like you need to find another team to cheer for. All you cry babies on here are not real UK fans you are nothing more than bandwagon jumpers. You jump on the bandwagon when things are going good and the first to jump off and throw others under the bus when things don’t go the way you expect. TAKE YOUR LOSERVILLE LOVING dUKe wanna be asses somewhere else because UK is to good for you cry babies.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:16 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. And, speaking of Duke, the left side of my bracket isn’t good; but, I had Kansas whipping Duke, and going to the Final Four along with ‘Nova.
      The Beloved Coach K was out coached all over the floor by ha ha ha…Bill Self. Duke’s zone had a hole in the middle big enough for a Mack truck.



  7. Rabbi Li
    4:04 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    crazycatfan65 – Hi Tony. So you gotten John’s dry cleaning today already and are feeling big about it.

    You are sitting in the top assistant coach seat in the country… and will do nothing with it. This isn’t a coattails job.

    At some point Kentucky will need to replace Cal. Having an assistant that could be considered would be nice. You’re seat should have immediately just gotten too hot to sit in.



  8. Rembrandt
    4:09 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    It was laughable that some people actually believed Barbee would make a lateral move from UK to Memphis. Some of you guys just have to have a scapegoat whenever you are angry.



  9. Catlogic15
    4:15 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Important to note Barbee is the lead recruiter for Jeffries. Perhaps Wiseman too but not positive



  10. kybirdieman
    4:18 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Hope he is done with the CATS. Need a recruiter like Antigua was.



  11. cathatter
    4:20 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    trolling auburn during the tourney not exactly a resume builder for Tony.



  12. Alleykat16
    4:34 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Yea bring Orlando back from Illinois maybe he can bring those 2 recruits from Illinois with him Samba Kane and Blake Hinson lol



  13. Jiminy Crickets
    5:36 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    There’s a reason he’s not a candidate



  14. DennyC
    5:58 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Name ONE SUCCESSFUL Head coach who was a former Cal assistant! I’ll wait…. failures are Threefold! Smh…



    • Rabbi Li
      6:31 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

      DennyC – This doesn’t really mean much.

      Calipari doesn’t have an obligation to generate assistants into head coaches (it’s not in his job description). In fact, if you have good assistants who leave then you are constantly building assistant (time that can be used on your team).

      The issues with Barbee is:
      1. He’s getting beat on the recruiting trail (his main job)
      2. He’s not that great of a coach (I’ve watched him teach – he’s like a public school gym teacher)
      3. He’s lazy
      4. He doesn’t recruit Kentucky players (to ensure that our tradition continues – have at least 2 every 4 classes)



    • DennyC
      7:38 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

      Sure it does… history says why hire an assistant coach from Cal’s Staff? NO proven success.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:19 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

      Who is the coach over at UL? Think Barbee would take it…doubtful.



  15. Cryingtheblues
    4:07 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I wish he was!