Pros and Cons of Hiring Penny Hardaway as the Memphis Tigers Head Coach

By Mason Gronauer
Mar. 07, 2018

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The following are the pros and cons that would come from the hire of Penny Hardaway as the Memphis Tigers head coach.


Penny has ties with some of the best players around the nation. It immediately increases their chances with James Wiseman (No. 1 in country in 2019), Malcolm Dandridge (4-star, Top 100), and DJ Jeffries (No. 17 in the country), the last two Lawsons, and many more. He also is likely to have Larry Brown and Paul Hewitt on his staff if he is hired. Brown has experience in the NBA and in college basketball. He coached the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, 76ers, Pistons, Nets, Knicks, and Bobcats. He also has coach the collegiate teams of Kansas, Davidson, UCLA, and SMU. Hewitt has head coaching experience as well. He was the head coach of Georgia Tech and George Mason. Hiring Penny would also pack the FedexForum. Attendence has been low during the campaign of Tubby Smith, and the hiring of Penny would bring a new excitement and revenue into the forum. In summary, Penny Hardaway seems like a great candidate for the Memphis job.


The firing of the current head coach, Tubby Smith, would cost 9.75 million dollars. The school does not want to spend all that to fire a coach that has proven he can win a national championship. The other con is that Penny might not be that good of a head coach. He has no collegiate coaching experience. You might say that he is an excellent high school head coach, but is he? The success of Memphis East could be due to the talent of the players and not the coaching. They are one of the most talented teams in the nation, so Penny might not be that good of a coach. In conclusion, I think that hiring Penny Hardaway is the right move.