That is actually probably why, like the writer said, Memphis needs to play teams like Rutgers, Syracuse and other middling-to-weak teams in BCS conferences. It seems like Memphis is most interested in joining the Big East, and, let's face it--the Big East is the weakest BCS conference. If Memphis plays teams in the Big East as often as they do teams in the SEC, they will be more competitive against those teams than against Tennessee, MS. State and Ole Miss, and maybe even win some of those games. The Big East might already be willing to take a look at Memphis in basketball, but showing Memphis can compete with Big East teams in football might seal the deal. I would advise Memphis to schedule teams like Syracuse and Louisville in the Big East, and start scheduling teams like Kansas, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Duke, Virginia. If Memphis can't compete with these teams after a couple years of Porter's recruiting, there's no hope.
I don't think failing to ban anon comments just because of people commenting at work is a good idea. You shouldn't be commenting at work anyway. The main concern, to me, is the way employers are now looking everyone up on the internet, whether as pre-employment screening or seeing what their current employees do. If you argued that standing by your comments is less punk-ish or adds to the quality of discussion vs creating juvenile name-calling prior to the days when identifying yourself on the internet could cost you a job...maybe I'd agree. But nowadays you can post something you think is perfectly harmless or is just an honest, well-put opinion, but, especially if it's on politics, race, sexual orientation or religion, someone can and will hold it against you. One of these entertainment magazines only allows comments via facebook right now, which most people have their real name on...I have shied away from commenting on a few of those articles just because of that. I do not really need my name tied with an article on something as relatively trivial as Tila Tequila, Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, etc, even if it's just me commenting that no one cares about those people. Someone would form a negative opinion about the fact that I even bothered to comment.
People are still being unrealistic about the so-called candidates. Once again, I ask how do we know that these are people who are INTERESTED in the job and not just on the list? Other than Foster, I have yet to hear/read anything suggesting anybody is interested (but, admittedly, this is the first I've read today of news on the search...I am settling down to read all the latest on the situation now). I would love to see Tommy Tuberville with the job, but since Foster has said he is interested I think Memphis certainly should pursue him.
By Richard Alley
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