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New Hog, Vol Coaches Prepare To Battle For Memphis

The jury is still out on young Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner.  And that means the new head coaches at Arkansas and Tennessee will be working hard to build recruiting inroads into the Bluff City.

Mike Anderson — who came to Arkansas from Missouri — and Cuonzo Martin — who came to Tennessee from Missouri State — are sure to cross swords over Memphis prospects very soon.  For the Vols, they’ve long tried to put down ties in West Tennessee, but to no avail.  In the end, it’s still 391 miles from the Mississippi River to the Smokies.

It’s 318 miles from Beale Street to Fayetteville.  For the Hogs, Anderson might already be targeting Memphis.  A site covering University of Memphis sports reports that the Tigers will soon announce a home game with the Razorbacks… though no date has been announced and UA has not confirmed the matchup yet.

Tennessee will also be playing the Tigers at FedExForum next year. 

“Memphis is a great town and we’ve had some tremendous success,” Anderson said when asked about the Memphis area.  “You look at Todd Day, Corey Beck, those guys are pretty good players for us (in the 1990s).  There’s a good bloodline there and we’ll keep tapping into that.”

Day — who is now a prep coach in Memphis — says Anderson has been “a master” at recruiting West Tennessee in the past.  “He’s been doing it for a long time.”

The battle for Memphis is about to begin and the SEC’s two newest generals will be the guys matching wits.

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