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08:17 AM ET 07.20 | Josh Pastner understands why fans would like to see a Memphis-Tennessee game, but he's not all that interested in appeasing the sentiment. [When] asked about playing Tennessee, the University of Memphis basketball coach didn't offer a fence-straddling answer. "I have no desire to play Tennessee," Pastner [said in a radio appearance]. ... "For us, it's a game that, I don't know why we play it, but we play it because the athletic director wants me to play it and he's my boss and what he says goes." Reached later, Pastner said he hasn't hidden from his feelings, which he said are rooted in recruiting and aren't personal. To Pastner, it's simple: He doesn't consider Knoxville a fertile recruiting ground, so why give Tennessee exposure in Memphis.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

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July 20, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Opposite of UF football...all OOC away games must be out of the state of Tenn.

July 20, 2011  08:41 AM ET
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Opposite of UF football...all OOC away games must be out of the state of Tenn.

When has Memphis been good (in the record books)? Successful teams play all OOC games in state ;)

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