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Daily Helmsman

Table of Contents

Volume 80 Number 36

Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Boozer

Men’s basketball

Managing Editor Christopher whitten Design Editor Amanda mitchell


Men’s bios


Women’s bios



Women’s basketball

Sports Editor Bryan Heater



Pastner Q & A


Bluz Cruz


McFerrin Q & A


Tigers’ Tales




Fans’ outlook


Men’s senior players




Pom, cheer squad


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The University of Memphis

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 • 3

By Bryan Heater


After last season’s opening round loss, head coach Josh Pastner and the Tigers hope to make magic in the 2012-2013 campaign.

With the University of Memphis men’s basketball team’s season opener less than two weeks away, Tiger nation is readying itself for the last year in Conference USA. What has been considered an immature roster the past two seasons is now stacked with 10 upperclassmen, including three McDonald’s All-Americans. Frontcourt Over the last few seasons, the frontcourt has been the Achilles heel for the Tigers. Since the departure of rebounding guru Joey Dorsey, Memphis has struggled to rebound the ball with consistency. The departed Will Barton, a 6’6” combo guard, led the team in rebounding last season. The hopes among coaches and the Tiger faithful are that junior forward Tarik Black will rebound the ball with more consistency. Black was second

on the team last year, averaging 4.9 boards a game. In some games, Black rebounded the ball with authority, while in other matches he seemed to disappear. Behind Black and Barton, the Tigers could not find someone to come into games and clean the glass. That was key for head coach Josh Pastner when recruiting for the class of 2012. To help shore up the rebounding woes, he signed Shaq Goodwin from Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Ga. Goodwin is expected to immediately provide a low-post presence alongside Black. Goodwin played for Team USA over the summer in the FIBA U18 Championship and showed he can score the ball, netting 30 points against the Virgin Islands. Also expected to play vital roles in the frontcourt this year are senior Ferrakohn Hall and sophomore Adonis Thomas, who decided to forgo the NBA Draft after an ankle injury put a damper on his freshman year. Thomas has the ability to be an all-conference selection, barring any more injuries. Backcourt The guards are where Memphis holds its greatest strength. Junior Memphians Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson anchor the backcourt. Jackson, who has won the C-USA Tournament MVP award the past two seasons, averaged 11.0 points and a team-leading 3.9 assists per game last year. Jackson is the floor general and much of the Tigers’ success starts and ends with him. His counterpart, Crawford, averaged 9.1 ppg and was second on the team with 3.8 apg. Crawford provides a three-point threat for the Tigers, as well as pure passing. The junior has made 95 three-point field goals in his first two seasons and increased his three-point percentage by almost 10 percent from his freshman to sophomore year. The key reserves will be juniors Antonio Barton and Geron Johnson and senior D.J. Stephens. Barton has played key minutes for

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McFerrin, Tigers’ eyes on season

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By Meagan Nichols As the fall sports season wraps up, the University of Memphis women’s basketball team is a few short days away from its season debut. The Tigers tip off the 2012-13 season Saturday in an exhibition game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse against Rhodes College. Last season the Tigers ended with a 25-8 record, advancing to the semifinal round of the Conference USA tournament and the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Last year’s campaign produced the most victories for the U of M since 1982. The Tigers return six players from last year and welcome eight new players and two new assistant coaches to the ranks. Memphis signed the 39th ranked recruiting class, the highest in C-USA according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz. com. The team welcomes back redshirt junior guard Bilqis AbdulQaadir, senior forward Nicole Dickson, sophomore post Ann Jones, junior post Krishunda

Harvey, and sophomore guards Lauren McGraw and Jailyn Norris. A preseason all-C-USA honoree, Dickson was the second leading scorer and rebounder during the 2011-12 season and the 22nd player in U of M history to break the 1,000-point career mark. She stands at eighth in University history for three-point field goals. Abdul-Qaadir was the leader in assists last season with 112. Guard transfer from Middle Tennessee State University Jamila Ajanaku returns to her hometown for her senior campaign. While at MTSU, Ajanaku helped the team achieve three straight NCAA tournament appearances. Incoming Tiger Pa’Sonna Hope, junior forward from the University of Mississippi, played in 48 games while at Ole Miss and was ranked ninth in the SEC with 67 offensive rebounds in 2011. Kishwaukee Junior College graduate Devin Mack joins the Tigers as the all-time leading rebounder and all-time career record holder for free throws at Kishwaukee. Two freshmen join the U of M ranked in the top 50 by HoopGurlz for the class of 2012, with guard

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Jaymie Jackson at No. 45 and guard Mooriah Rowser at No. 38. Newly appointed associate coach Keila Whittington will serve as the post coach as well as scout opponents and recruit for the team. Whittington started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware 21 years ago. Since then she has been an

assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island, Indiana University, the University of South Alabama, Penn State University, Marist College and the University of Oregon. While at South Alabama, the team won its first ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament game. During her stint at Penn

State, the team won two Big Ten Conference Championships and made four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 2002 and 2003 and the Elite Eight in 2004. When Whittington was at Marist, the team went to two NCAA tournaments and won

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A Weekly Devotional For You A Good Man? Who was/is Jesus Christ? The question is controversial now, and it was controversial 2000 years ago. It is obvious that He was a remarkable Person. He has had more influence on history than any other human being. Some think that He was God. Some think that He was something above the average person, but was certainly not God. Some religions acknowledge that He was a great prophet, but stop short of accepting His claims. He claimed to be God. This leaves us with only three alternatives. One alternative is to acknowledge that He was indeed God come in the flesh. Another alternative is that He was a conscious, deliberate liar. If He was not God and knew that He was not, yet claimed to be God, He was a blatant deceiver and a liar. The third alternative is that He was a lunatic. If He was not God, but thought He was, He was to be pitied and belonged in an asylum. What all this means is, we cannot call Him a good man if He were not God. As one writer aptly put it, He was either the supreme Lord, or a Liar, or a Lunatic. Next time we will examine His claims to be God. The implications are great. If He really is God, He has authority over all His creatures. When He tells us how to live, these are not just suggestions; they are divine commandments.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 • 5

Bus turned tailgating machine By Michelle Corbet As the lights go out and the epic sound of “2001: A Space Odyssey” fills the FedExForum, excited fans automatically shift their eyes to the Forum’s arena-screen in anticipation of this year’s Tiger basketball promo video debut. For four die-hard Tiger fan families, that moment will be extra exciting as their ultimate tailgating machine will make a cameo in this year’s video. It’s called the Bluz Cruz, and it’s an old school bus that has been transformed into a tailgating party on wheels. The Bluz Cruz is true Tiger Blue, from the electric blue paint job on the outside to the blue and graycheckered floor on the inside. The bus is stocked with a cooler, card table and snack bar lining the walls. “People always stop to take pictures,” said co-owner Brad Mills. “At a red light people take pictures, driving down the interstate. There’s always somebody standing in front of it trying to get a picture.” The University of Memphis contacted the Bluz Cruz owners about being in this year’s basketball promo

video via a Facebook message. Co-owner Patti Sachenbacher said the group’s goal is to have 500 likes on their Facebook page, Memphis BLUZ CRUZ, by the end of the year. Frank and Patti Sachenbacher got the idea to renovate a school bus when they saw University of Tennessee at Knoxville fans tailgating with a small, orange school bus during the Memphis versus Tennessee football game in 2009. Frank Sachenbacher said he talked to a Shelby County School principal who told him the school system auctions buses off at the end of each year. The Sachenbachers talked to their long-time tailgating friends about splitting the costs of renovating the old bus, and three other couples — the Millses, Smidts and Smiths — signed on. “We’ve been tailgating for a while,” Frank Sachenbacher said. “We had tables, chairs and a grill. Every Saturday we had to load up a pick-up truck and unload it all. A lot [of the school bus implementation] was convenience and a lot was we thought it would be really cool.” The four couples purchased


The four families of the Memphis Bluz Cruz shout and cheer for their Memphis Tigers in the Tigers basketball promo video. Look for the Bluz Cruz in the video at the first home game of the season.

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Thomas looks to play bigger role 6 • Tuesday, October 30, 2012

By Hunter Field

Special to The Daily Helmsman University of Memphis sophomore forward Adonis Thomas wrestled last spring with whether he should enter the NBA Draft or return to school to play his sophomore season. He elected to return and continue polishing his game.

Thomas said he is 100 percent healthy and ready to perform after missing much of last season with an ankle injury suffered during practice in January. “My expectation is to have a winning season,” Thomas said. “We have players that have matured over the past couple of years, so we have a good group of veterans that can

lead us.” Thomas, a 6‘6” forward, was the top-ranked player by The Sporting News coming out of high school in 2011, but the U of M already had a premier starting small forward in Will Barton, who was drafted in the second round by the Portland Trailblazers. Thomas found other ways to con-

Tigers’ Ta es “I think they will do pretty well because they usually do.”

“They will be at the top of Conference USA and will make it to the Sweet 16.”

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tribute last season by averaging 3.2 rebounds and blocking 14 shots, but this year he must carry a greater load and become a veteran leader with Barton gone. Memphis’ head coach Josh Pastner said Thomas does not have to score many points to impact the game, but he can play great defense, rebound and do other little things to

help the team win. Thomas was forced to play power forward most of the time with Barton at small forward last year. This year, Thomas will move back to his natural position of small forward, which he believes will allow him more opportunities to attack from the wings or make shots from outside. n

How do you think the men’s basketball team will do this season? By Nathanael Packard

“I think we will do fantastic and I hope we make it to the finals again.”

“I think they will do okay. I haven’t seen much progression.”

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Jacaebi Low, Psychology senior

“I think they have a chance to win Conference USA.” Jennifer Freeman, Marketing management senior

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The University of Memphis

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 • 7

“Once a Tiger, always a Tiger” fans say By Kelsie Carter Tigers basketball fans have been expecting their team to win the NCAA tournament for years. If this year isn’t “the year,” will fans fall off of the bandwagon? Last year the University of Memphis men’s basketball team won 26 games, lost nine, won the C-USA Tournament and fell short in the NCAA Tournament after making it to the second round. Fans were pumped all season, sure of the fact that their basketball team would bring home a national championship win, but were let down in the long run. Some fans are saying that unlike last year, this season will prove to be the year the trophy is actually brought home. Many haven’t let last year’s failure get them down. “I think they know what it takes to win the NCAA tournament, and I think they are going to use what they have learned the past few years to go further in the tournament,” Lamar Chance, assistant athletics communications director, said. “We have a more veteran team this year,” and the players “have experience going through the battles.” Junior Seria Ross, a Tigers bas-

ketball fan since her freshman year, hasn’t lost her hope for the team. She works fan-patrol at football, softball, baseball, volleyball and men and women’s basketball games. The direction of the team and character of the players is what has her believing the men’s team has a good chance of winning the national championship this year. “I expect them to have a great season,” she said. “From what I see in their demeanor on campus, it seems like a lot of them have really matured and they are more focused.” Senior Russell Born was president of the Blue Crew last year. He said he went to every home game and “was fortunate enough” to attend an away game at the University of Alabama. There is “definitely” a chance to take home the trophy this year, he said. “My grandpa started taking me to football games when I was seven years old and of course when I got into football I had to get into basketball,” he said. Stephen Rose, a Tiger basketball manager, expressed the same sentiment of hope. “I expect them to win the championship because I actually see how hard they work every day,” Rose said. The average number of people who attended Tigers basketball

games last year was 16,300. The attendance has remained about the same for the past eight years. In “Rules for being a true fan,” ESPN columnist Bill Simmons said, “Once you choose a team, you’re stuck with that team for the rest of your life.” So will Tigers fans give their men’s basketball team the boot if they don’t get an NCAA championship win this year? Not likely. Ross said she will be a Tigers fan for the rest of her life. “That’s a part of being a real fan. You have to stick with them through the good times and the bad,” she said. Sophomore Tiffany Vann has only been a fan since she came to the University last year, but said she will always support the team “My Lakers are struggling, but I’m still a Laker fan,” Vann said. “I will always have Tiger pride.” Rose said he will “always be a fan because the team has always been a childhood favorite of mine.” Born said “there is no question” that he will remain loyal to the Tigers. “I will definitely stay on [the bandwagon],” Born said. “That’s part of being a true fan. You root for them when they’re up and root for them when they’re down.” n

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2012-2013 Men’s basketball team

Ferrakohn Hall

Senior-Forward 6’8”-220


Started at Seton Hall, transferred to Memphis • 26 starts in 67 games • Averaging 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game • 51.6 percent shooting from the floor and 49.6 percent from the free throw line

Damien Wilson

Freshman-Guard 6’6”-180


• 46 starts in 69 games • Averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds • 42.6 percent shooting from the floor, 30.6 from three-point range and 78.5 percent from the free throw line


Oak Hill Academy • Averaged 7.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for a 44-0 team • Shot 48 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free throw line

Anthony Cole

Joe Jackson Junior-Guard 6’1”-171

Freshman-Guard 6’0”-184


Arlington High School • Averaged 15.9 points • Led his team to a 20-12 record and a 7-3 mark in All-District 14-AAA first team selection

Hippolyte Tsafack Antonio Barton

Junior-Guard 6’2”-178

Sophomore-Forward 6’8”-235


• 31 starts in 69 games • Averaging 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game • Shot 47.2 percent shooting from the floor, 42.4 percent from three-point range and 68.2 percent from the free throw line

Chris Crawford

Junior-Guard 6’4”-218


• 43 starts in 70 games • Averages 7.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game • 38.3 percent shooting from the floor, 34.3 percent from three-point range and 76.1 percent from the free throw line

Adonis Thomas Sophomore-Forward/Guard 6’7”-240


• 8 starts in 19 games as a freshman • Averaging 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game • 48.6 percent shooting from the floor, 40.5 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line • Missed 16 games due to an ankle injury


Southwest Dekalb High School (Atlanta, Ga) • 2012 McDonald’s All-American • Averaging 21.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game • Played for Team USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship • Averaging 12.4 points and 4.8 rebounds

Tarik Black Junior-Forward 6’9”-262

Trey Draper Junior-Guard 5’10”-170


• 0 starts in 13 games • Averaging 0.2 rebounds • Never scored on five attempts, all from three-point range

Charles Holt Senior-Guard 5’10”-175


• 0 Starts in 23 games • Averaging 0.7 points and 0.3 rebounds per game • 30.8 percent shooting from the floor, 37.5 percent from threepoint range and 62.5 percent from the free throw line

D.J. Stephens Senior-Forward/Guard 6’5”-188


• 7 starts in 93 games • Averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game • 62.5 percent shooting from the floor and 60.0 percent from the free throw line

Shaq Goodwin Freshman-Forward 6’9”-246


• 0 starts in 16 games in freshman season after redshirting in 2010- 11 due to a knee injury • Averaging 0.9 points and 0.4 rebounds per game • 55.6 percent shooting from the floor and 62.5 percent from the free throw line


• 55 starts in 70 games • Averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebound • 60.5 percent shooting from the floor and 59.1 percent from the foul line

Stan Simpson

Senior-Forward 6’10”-236


Transferred to Memphis from John A. Logan College. Played at the University of Illinois in 2009-2010 • 4 starts in 38 games • Averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds • 35.7 percent shooting from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line

Geron Johnson Junior-Guard 6’3”-197


Chipola College (Fla.) in 2010-2011 and Garden City Community College (Kan.) in 2011-2012 • 0 starts in 25 games for the Garden City Bronc-busters • Averaged 19.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game • Shot 51.4 percent from floor, 76.4 percent from free throw

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2012-2013 Women’s basketball team

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 • 11

Jailyn Norris Sophomore-Guard 5’10”

Jaymie Jackson


• 0 starts in 19 games • Averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game • Shot 27.3 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from three-point range

Freshman-Guard 5’10”

Lauren McGraw Sophomore-Guard 5’10”

Mooriah Rowser


Freshman-Guard 5’9”

• 4 starts n 32 games • Averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game • Shot 32.4 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from three-point range and 36.8 percent from the free throw line


• 33 starts in 67 games • Averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game • 37.0 percent shooting from the floor, 28.3 percent from three-point range and 75.4 percent from the free throw line

Courtney Powell Freshman-Forward 6’1”

Ann Jones


A transfer from MTSU • 3 starts in 38 games • Averaged 0.9 points and 0.6 rebounds per game over her three-year career at MTSU while helping the Blue Raiders to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances

Sophomore-Post 6’3”

Devin Mack


High School: Arlington High School • Helped Arlington to its first District 7-AAA basketball title and a 27-4 record as a senior • All-Metro pick following her junior year

Junior-Forward 5’10”

Nicole Dickson


Transferred from Ole Miss • 21 starts in 48 games at Ole Miss • Averaging 4.9 points, 4.8 rebounds per game • 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 53.7 percent from the free throw line

Asianna Fuqua-Bey Freshman-Forward 6’3”


Junior College: Kishwaukee College (Malta, Ill.) • Third player to score 1,000 points • Program’s all-time leading rebounder with 652 boards

Pa’Sonna Hope Junior-Forward 6’0”


• 0 starts in 27 games her freshman year • Averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game • Shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from the free throw line

Ariel Hearn Freshman-Guard 5’7”


High School: Ursuline High School (Youngstown, Ohio) • Averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game • Helped her team to a 17-8 record and an appearance in the Division III regional championships as junior

Jamila Anjanaku Senior-Guard 6’1”


High School: St. John’s College High School • Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior • Helped team to a 33-2 record as a junior and a national ranking as high as No. 10

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir redshirt Junior- Guard 5’4”


High School: Missed her senior year at Start High School (Toledo, Ohio) due to injury • Helped lead the Spartans to a 23-3 record as a junior and a second-straight City League Championship

Senior-Forward 6’0”


• 48 starts in 98 games • Averaging 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game • 42.7 percent shooting from the field, 32.7 percent from three-point range and 62.4 percent from the free throw line

Krishunda Harvey


High School: Marist High School (Chicago, Ill.) • Led team to a 27-6 record as a junior and a 32-2 record as a senior before losing in the Illinois • Class 4A Supersectional

Junior-Post 6’1”


• 3 starts in 37 games • Averaging 1.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game • 44.4 percent shooting from the floor and 43.5 percent shooting from the free throw line

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Pastner talks team, committment in Q&A By Bryan Heater Entering his fourth season at the helm of the University of Memphis men’s basketball program, head coach Josh Pastner and his Tigers have one goal in mind: a national championship. With the Tigers leaving for the Big East next season, conference foes will be pulling out every stop to try and spoil Memphis’ bon voyage to Conference USA. Pastner sat down to talk about his development as a coach over the last few years, this year’s squad, recruiting and the team’s aspirations to snag college basketball’s ultimate prize of a national championship. Everyone knows you’re a basketball guy, but not many people know who you are as a person. What are some things you like to do outside of basketball? Josh Pastner: I love to exercise and I love boxing as a part of a workout. I love to box. I am infatuated with law enforcement and military nonfiction TV shows. Not like make believe, but like real behind the scenes, stuff like that. I watch that stuff all the time. I’m a pretty boring guy. I love being around my family. Since your arrival to Memphis, has the city grown on you? A: I love the city. The people are as charitable as can be. I love being around everybody. There are really good people here. My wife and I love raising our family here. You are a family man. How important do you think it is to create a family atmosphere? A: The facts are I’m with the players, and the players are with me and the staff, more than we are with our own imme-


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uuMen Continued from page 3 the Tigers over the past two seasons and will be expected to continue that this year. Stephens, though he is not a scorer, provides much needed energy off the bench and is considered one of the best defenders on the team. Johnson could be the X-factor of the group. Many recruiting services rated him as the best junior college prospect in the country, but his legal problems have many people skeptical of whether he can stay within the guidelines set forth by the team. As long as he stays out of trouble, expect Johnson to provide a nice addition to the roster. Final Overview Though Pastner has not gotten past the opening game in the NCAA Tournament, he has kept the tradition of Memphis basketball alive and well, compiling a 75-29 record in his first three seasons, better than his predecessor John Calipari. With 10 upperclassmen, the Tigers have the talent and experience to compete for a conference and national championship. If the players buy into the “One City. One Team. One Goal,” this year’s Memphis squad has a chance to etch its mark in history. n

diate families. So you actually spend more time with each other than with your own personal family. So with that dynamic there are going to be family issues just like a regular family because people are going to get annoyed with each other or get tired of each other, and that’s just normal stuff. But through it all, as long as everyone has love in their hearts for each other and respects each other, that is not to say everyone will always get along and there will never be any disagreements, but we have each others’ backs when it is all said and done, and that makes it well worth it. How have you seen yourself grow as a coach over the last few years here? A: You know I think as each year that has gone by, me personally, I have grown each year. I’m better today than I was the first day on the job. If you asked me about Memphis Madness four years ago, I’m way more comfortable than I was back then. I just have much more confidence, but that’s just part of growth. There is no manual to prepare you to be a head coach. Moving over the six inches from the assistant to head coach’s chair, the amount of responsibility one has for the program is enormous. Unless you’re sitting in that chair you can’t fully understand it. Words just don’t describe it. The picture of the players in the gym have their heads cut off and you have, “Commitment: You’re in or you’re out. There is no in between,” written on the wall. How has your team bought into that? Are you seeing the players buy into that? A: On the back wall of the Finch Center we have the big thing, “Do your job.” That is one of my favorite sayings. Don’t try and make an excuse, do your job. Your job is to do your job academically, athletically, be a good citizen, be a good teammate and just do your job. The commitment part is you’re either in or you’re out, there is no in between. You can’t straddle the line, you’re either in or you’re out. There is no, “Well I want to work hard, but…” No.



You’re either fully committed or you’re not, so it is pretty simple. And our guys have really bought into that. This year is about one team, one goal and no egos. What do you think is special about this team compared to the last three seasons? A: The difference is that we are older. Our guys are veterans and our main rotation guys are going to be upperclassmen. We have a lot of guys that have played a lot of games and contribute key minutes, so that’s a big thing to have that kind of experience. You can’t put a price tag or a premium on that because you do not have to reteach everything from the beginning. Guys understand the sense of urgency and that every possession matters. Has the way you approach recruiting changed at all with the upcoming move to the Big East? A: Our belief is to go recruit the best players, whether it is locally or nationally. We’re an elite program and we’re going to continue to recruit the best players, and I think our recruiting has shown on that. Have you seen more of an interest from recruits because the program is moving to the Big East? A: It has been very positive. A lot of people are excited about it, especially when you’re talking in the Northeast area. Now people can’t say things against us about our TV package anymore because we are going to be in one of the best, if not the best, basketball conferences in the entire country. You’ve talked about how important the fans are to recruiting. Can you talk about that a little bit? A: My number one sell to potential recruits is the emotional investment from the Tiger nation fan base. It is never about the opponent. It is about Memphis and it means something wearing that jersey. So we need to continue to have that support at the highest, highest level because it allows us to continue to recruit at the highest level, which allows





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Josh Pastner protests a call during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Championship Tournament. us then to compete at the highest level an off night, but we have to be good and not have any slippage, especially enough and smart enough to handle when we’re going into a new conference. that and have good energy every time How are the newcomers we step out on the court. We’ll have (Shaquille Goodwin, Geron some off nights, but if we come out with Johnson and Damien Wilson) fitting good energy every night due to our talent level we’ll put ourselves in a position in? A: They’ve done a nice job to this to win every game that we play and that point. Now again, I haven’t subbed any- is all you can ask for. body and we haven’t played any games With this being the last year so it is still new, but they’ve all done in Conference USA, will it a great job adjusting. Right now our be that much harder to reach the end chemistry is really good with the team, goal because everyone will be giving the best since I’ve been here which is the team their best shot? obviously a positive thing. A: We’re not going to get any breaks, I can tell you that. It’s like you said, this What do you think is the most vital thing to help you is everyone’s last chance to get us and all maintain the ultimate goal of a secondly, we’re leaving the league so we’re not getting any breaks on that end national championship? A: The most vital things are one, either. So every time we step on the floor knock on wood, you have to be healthy. nothing is going to be given to us ­— we We also need to be very consistent. will have to earn it. n I really believe that. And consistent doesn’t mean we’re not going to have




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McFerrin answers questions on season By Jaclyn Redmon With several new players and a young squad, head coach Melissa McFerrin and the University of Memphis women’s basketball team is looking forward to a strong season. McFerrin has a Conference USA title in her sights and feels she has a great group to reach that goal. McFerrin discussed this year’s recruiting class, the returning players, the starting line-up and the move to the Big East. You brought in several new players and two new assistant coaches. How do they seem to be transitioning into the program? Melissa McFerrin: Well I think anytime you have that much change there is a lot of transition. Even if you graduate a small senior class and bring in a couple new coaches, you still have juniors that are settling into leadership roles, and they are uncertain about that. Right now we have a couple of coaches that are uncertain about how we run our program. We have some emerging leaders that are a little uncertain in their roles and we’ve got a bunch of young kids that are uncertain in their roles. It’s just a real learning time for us. We’re beginning to understand the level at which we have to work. We’re trying to get on the same page about teaching and fundamentals. Right now we are really a puzzle in a working progress, but over time those players will smooth out in terms of what is expected of them, and I still think that when it matters we are going to be a very good basketball team. This year’s recruiting class was ranked 39th



in the country, the highest ranking class in Conference USA. How do you think that is going to affect your chances of bringing home a conference title? A: First of all, I really like our freshmen. They’re long. They’re athletic. They’re talented. And now they have to take all of those things and put them into a college setting. That’s easier said than done. I know all of those players want to be good players, so I’m going to expect that in short order they are going to begin to put their work habits in place. They’ll begin to understand the system and when it matters we are going to be a very good basketball team. The team is returning a couple of key starters from last year’s squad, but who else are you hoping is going to step up and fill in some of those other spots? A: Competition for starting positions is probably the least of my concerns. There are several players, obviously [Bilqis AbdulQaadir] has probably solidified our point guard spot. Nicole Dickson certainly is our returning leading scorer and has solidified that spot. But I would hope we have really healthy competition between Pa’Sonna Hope and Ann Jones for that other post starting spot. I think Mooriah Rowser has separated herself in terms of her ability to be significant as a starter. I still think Ariel Hearn and [Jamila] Ajanaku have done some really good things also. We are probably going to have the same starting five all year long. Right now we have about eight, maybe nine players that are really showing themselves as possibilities. What are some of the strengths and weaknesses you are seeing in practice



so far? A: Too early to know yet, honestly. Our team’s speed and athleticism is going to be one of our strengths. The play of Abdul-Qaadir and Dickson is going to be one of our strengths. We have to find a way to make sure those players have scoring opportunities. We are still going to be a really good, strong, full-court defensive team and that needs to be our strength. We will continue to get better as our conditioning improves throughout the course of the season. I hope we are a transition team. I hope we are an unselfish team. And those are the things that are important for us at this stage. When you look at this year’s schedule, what games really jump out at you? A: First of all, the very first game against Grambling State University. That one jumps out at me because it is just around the corner. If you look deeper into the bracket, if we are fortunate to come out with a win in that game, and there is nothing certain about that first game, then I think Middle Tennessee State looms large in that second round. As I look further into December, I see Arkansas-Little Rock. Then I see an Illinois team that is coming to our place that we lost to close last year. Those are the first games that I see. And then of course I zero in on that first game for the conference. If you had to assign a slogan or word to sum up the attitude of the team this season, what would it be? A: Right now I don’t know that I could. I think we have so many unknowns and the puzzle is still scattered all over the table right now. So I don’t know that I could



assign one. We’ve talked about it as a team that our mission continues, our mission for a conference championship continues. That’s what we are all about is claiming a conference championship, so that’s what we’ve decided to focus on. Even with all of our youth and all of the uncertainty around our team, we still feel like our mission continues. What is something that people may not know about your team? A: I don’t think anyone knows anything about our team, to be honest with you. We have eight new faces, two new coaches and we’re tweaking our system every day trying to find out how we can be most effective. Our personnel is nearly a complete unknown to anybody who follows our program, whether it’s the fans or the opponents. They are going to spend a lot of time with the scouting report in their hands, really trying to figure out who does what for the U of M. I’ve heard that you do not like to be referred to as the Lady Tigers. Why is that? A: It’s not that I don’t like to be referred to as that. I like to be referred to as the University of Memphis because I think that has name recognition and staying power nationally. Probably if you Google Lady Tigers, you’re going to get 1,000 hits, but if you Google University of Memphis women’s basketball you get one hit and that’s who we want to be and that’s how we want to be referred to. Do you think the team is ready to make the move to the Big East? A: Well certainly we aren’t ready yet. There wouldn’t be any coach in our department right now that would say we are ready




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McFerrin to make that move. We are excited about that move. We think it’s going to assist us in continuing to be able to recruit high-level players, and that’s what it is all about. It’s about recruiting higher-level players. That move forces every one of our programs, as well as our department and our University, to step forward and give each of our teams an opportunity to be successful, whether that is with facilities or the way we travel. It could be the way we promote our programs, it could be augmenting recruiting budgets. So I have to say we are not ready, but we are trying to get ready as soon as possible because we are excited about that move. Do you have anything you’d like to say to the fans? A: We have gone through a successful first four years at the University of Memphis. We have talked about becoming the class of Conference USA. That has been our mantra and our slogan, and over the last three years, there has only been one team in C-USA that has won more than the U of M. But I want our team to be patient. I want our coaches to be patient. I want our fans and our supporters to be patient, because this is a new team, and this team will take a little bit of time to gel. But I like its ability. I like its athleticism and we just have to get them up to the speed of high-level Division I basketball, but I think when it matters we are going to be a good basketball team. Anything to add? A: Exhibition game on Saturday. Tip it up for real Friday night, Nov. 9 versus Grambling State. We want the Elma Roane Fieldhouse and the FedExForum to be a true home court advantage for us, and we would love for our fans to follow our young team. n



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What it will take for the Tigers to win it all By Bryan Heater It’s that time of the year again. After another opening game exit in the NCAA Tou r n a m e nt left Tigers fans and the University of HEATER Memphis men’s basketball team pondering “What if?” the start of a new season means a new beginning and another chance for Memphis to make a run at the ultimate prize. You would be hard pressed to find many teams around the country that are as deep and as talented as the one

uuWomen Continued from page 4 two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. Whittington’s last residence before making her way to the Bluff City was the University of Oregon, where she served as a post coach. At Oregon, she coached three students to allconference honors. The Tigers brought in Erin Grant to help develop the perimeter players. Grant, a former

Memphis will put on the court for the season opener against North Florida on Nov. 12. We all know that talent does not guarantee a trip to the national championship game, though, let alone the Final Four. Just ask head coach Josh Pastner, who has recruited among the elite teams but has no NCAA Tournament wins to show for it. This year Pastner has taken a whole new approach. The team’s motto, “Do Your Job. Commitment: You’re either in or you’re out, there is no in between,” is painted in large, bold letters on the Larry O. Finch Recreation Facility’s wall. It is that very motto that has been the Tigers’ undoing in the past few seasons. Over the past couple of years, play-

ers were not committed to doing their role for the greater good of the team, as was seen in the 2007-08 season that made it to the championship game. Players were pointing fingers when things got tough. Guys were not doing little things that are essential to winning it all, like boxing out and rebounding, displaying selflessness and making the extra pass instead of jacking up a shot from five feet behind the line. The message Pastner is sending to his team entering the season is dead on. For the Tigers to have a shot at making a run in the Big Dance, each player will have to do his job. Joe Jackson will have to be the floor general we have all been waiting for since Derrick Rose’s departure. Tarik Black will have to rebound consis-

four-year letter winner at Texas Tech University, holds the Texas Tech and Big 12 Conference career assists record. After her collegiate career, Grant was the 39th WNBA draft selection in 2006. During her professional career, Grant played for the Seattle Storm, the Houston Comets and briefly overseas. Prior to making her way to Memphis, Grant served as an assistant coach at the University of Texas at Arlington for four seasons, where she helped their team get to the WNIT tourna-

ment in 2009. Grant also served as an assistant at the University of New Mexico for one year. The 2012-13 season will mark the fifth season that head coach Melissa McFerrin is at the helm of the U of M women’s basketball team. Her contract was extended through 2017 this past March. The Tigers’ first regular season game takes place on Nov. 9 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse against Grambling State as part of the Preseason WNIT. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. n

tently and stay out of foul trouble. Chris Crawford will have to shoot more consistently from beyond the arc. Newcomers Shaq Goodwin and Geron Johnson will have to come in and provide depth. Walk-ons and players that do not see much action in games will have to practice hard and push the starters as hard as they can. Every player on this team, no matter how small, has a role that is vital to its success. And even more important, every player has to bring high energy to each game. In the past, players have taken plays off or just not matched the intensity of the opponent. With 10 upperclassmen on the roster, the maturity excuse is no longer viable. After talking with Pastner and players so far this offseason, I can definitely feel a change in the attitude

of the team. Guys seem to realize that no one man can run the show by himself and that everyone has to do his part for the Tigers to be successful. Pastner said he sees it too. The practices have been hard fought, with guys diving for loose balls, banging down low to secure the rebound and playing tenacious defense. You never want players to get hurt, but it speaks volumes to just how hard the Tigers are working when guys are sore and have some bruises. With the team as deep as it has ever been under Pastner, expectations are high, as they should be. But for them to have any chance to make a serious run at a title, they will have to heed the words Pastner had painted on the wall. They will have to do their jobs. n


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Tiger seniors ready for final go Fast Break By Bryan Heater Senior year. For athletes, it is the final go round, the last hoorah. It is one last chance to leave their mark on a program and achieve greatness. For Tiger seniors D.J. Stephens and Ferrakohn Hall, it is one last chance to dominate Conference USA and make a national title run. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve lost in the first round of any tournament I’ve been to,” Stephens said. “So it’s definitely my goal to make it to the second round of the [NCAA] tournament and hopefully make a push for a title.” With the 2012-13 season around the corner, expectations grow by the day for the veteran Tiger squad. Stephens said he and his teammates embrace those expectations. He is ready to assume a leadership role and end his career in the blue and gray on a high note. “This is my last year and I won’t get this opportunity back and won’t be able to relive these experiences, so I want to go out with a bang,” Stephens said. “I just want to go out there and do everything I can for this team and make it the best year I’ve had.”

Hall Simpson Stephens Like Stephens, Hall is embracing would be an understatement. Since his final year as a Tiger. A native of 2006, the Tigers have won six tournaMemphis, Hall transferred after the ment titles and had two straight years fall 2010 semester from Seton Hall in which they finished the conference University, where he spent a year and slate undefeated. As the Tigers prepare a half. Though he has not been a Tiger to move to the Big East after this year, for long, Hall said he feels ready to C-USA opponents are licking their chops for one last chance to take down assume a leadership role. “With this being my last year, I defi- the class of the conference. The players know that every time nitely take more ownership as far as the team goes,” he said. “I feel like I have an they step onto the floor, the Tigers will ownership to the team, and the fact that get everyone’s best try. Hall said exitI’m from here, I have always wanted the ing the conference on a high note and leaving as one of the greatest teams to program to be successful.” Also entering his senior year is ever play in C-USA is important in his Simpson, who was unavailable for final season. “Memphis basketball is a tradition comment. Simpson has not played as much as Hall and Stephens, but coach- that has been passed down through the es expect him to play a more significant years. Especially in Conference USA we have held a high standard for ourrole this year off the bench. To say that Memphis has domi- selves, and we want to make sure we nated C-USA over the last few years leave it as outright champions so when

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cheers on women’s team By Samantha Esgro Any supporter of the women’s basketball team might want to consider joining the club — the Fast Break Club, that is. The Fast Break Club, according to board member Sandy Lenoir, is the official booster club for the women’s basketball team. “We try to promote them and lift them up to be not only good students and athletes for the University, but in the future to be good citizens,” she said. “There’s a lot they can contribute to the community outside of basketball.” Lenoir has been a member of the club for four years. She decided to join after she met head coach Melissa McFerrin and realized the booster club was in need of some assistance. “That’s when we got on board and have loved every minute of it since,” Lenoir said. The club does more than just attend games. It puts together dinners, activities and other functions for the team. President Gigi Wiertelak said they are getting ready to bring the program to a whole new level. She plans to increase the amount of fundraising events. “We just had an event Saturday and it was the most money we’ve raised this year. We doubled our profit from last year,” Wiertelak said. Her message to the team is to “be positive and be proud.” Caren Whitaker, secretary of the club, has been attending games since 1999 with her husband, Gordon, also known as the notorious “Bluebeard.” They attended their first women’s basketball game after encouragement from their son, who was a member of the band at the time. “He told us the women’s games were a lot of fun and not expensive, and we might want to come,” Caren said. The year after their first game, they bought season tickets. The following year, they both became members of the Fast Break Club. Caren said her husband has been dying his beard blue for games since their second or third year of marriage. “He got the idea to dye it blue when we were at a football game. We were playing Tulane, and someone from Tulane had a green beard,” she said. Gordon will wear his blue beard to the grocery store, but he has yet to wear it to church. “That’s not quite the statement we would like to make just yet,” Caren said, laughing. This year Caren believes the club will be more organized, and she encourages others to join. “We have a lot of fun, we have a lot of activities, [and] we do a lot with the girls,” she said. To the team, she says “Mr. and Mrs. Bluebeard love them all and we are excited for this season.” n

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Pom, cheer squad optimistic about season By Melissa Wray

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The University of Memphis pom squad performs at Memphis Madness on Oct. 12

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Continued from page 5 a wheelchair-accessible bus for $2,800. “We picked that one because all handicap busses have air conditioning,” Mills said. The wheelchair lift was sold on Craig’s List and the back windows were taken out to make a porch on the back of the bus.

We kept working on it here and there, and we’re still working. We want to put a generator in it and a stereo for the outside.” Mills started regularly tailgating with the Sachenbachers about five years ago. “We usually get there three or four hours before the game and stay an hour or so afterward, depending on the weather,” he said. The Sachenbachers’ son, Drew,

They began renovations by taking out all the rows of seats and having the bus professionally painted Tiger Blue. The families did all other renovations themselves. Frank Sachenbacher said close to $10,000 has been spent on the Bluz Cruz. “We’ve had it for two and a half years,” he said. “We bought it in the summer and before football season we had it painted and ready to use.

The University of Memphis Pom Squad may differ from its fellow spirit squads in many ways, but one similarity its members can agree on is dedication to their respective teams. In fact, freshman health and human performance major Katie Goddard sees performing with her fellow Pom Squad members on the sidelines at U of M games as a “formal performance for pom nationals.” “We don’t think of it as practice at all,” she said. “We still take our performances seriously, but we have fun with it at the same time.” Goddard said she joined the Pom Squad because of the success and respect it has attained over the years. “I just wanted to keep dancing in college,” she said. “The Pom Squad has so much talent that appeals to my type of dancing.” Regardless of the criticism the football team has received this season, Goddard still believes they

who attends the U of M as a senior physical education major, said while he gets to enjoy the Bluz Cruz with his family, taking it out for a joyride with friends isn’t an option. “It’s more my parents’ thing,” he said. “I just got a phone call one day from them saying that we had bought a bus.” Frank Sachenbacher said he plans to take the Bluz Cruz downtown to the FedExForum at least

have done good this year. “You can see that the criticism doesn’t affect them in any way,” she said. “They have the drive and determination to keep going, and that’s the only thing that matters.” Spirit coordinator Frankie Conklin also praised the football team’s efforts, stating that “patience from the fan base is the key to being successful.” “When you bring in a new coach, it takes a long time for the chemistry to build between the coach and the team,” he said. “I think Justin Fuente has the right chemistry and the plan to be successful.” As for the basketball team’s upcoming season, both Conklin and Goddard have nothing short of high hopes. “If the basketball team sticks to Josh [Pastner’s] plan, they’re going to be very successful this season,” Conklin said. Goddard echoed Conklin’s sentiments, stating the team has a really strong lineup this year. “I’m very excited to dance for them,” she said. n

three or four times this basketball season. When the group took it downtown last year, they parked it between the Hard Rock Café and Wet Willie’s on Beale Street. “We get a lot of looks and honks,” Frank Sachenbacher said. “People always want to look inside. Everywhere we go it gets a lot of attention.” n

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