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Re: “Tommy West Fired at Memphis

You are either a UofM fan or you are not. You are either a City of Memphis fan or you are not. Since I moved here in 1970 I have seen the same resentment regularly spew from nine out of every ten Memphis natives. It is really unfortunate that this majority is so embarrassed to be "from Memphis", much less continue to live here. I have never seen so many people, who wanted to be from some where else, yet cannot muster the strength or have the resolve to leave and make it somewhere else. They continue to bad mouth and bemoan all that is of Memphis, especially given that they won't ever fix what they know is broken; from the City Council to the City's main University. Hell, they won't even take care of LeMoyne Owen.

I continually hear parents and kids alike say with disgust, "I'm not going to (sic send my kid to) University of Memphis, I going to Tennessee or Ole Miss, or Alabama, or Arkansas, or Auburn, or Mississippi State"; and, when I ask why, the answer I receive is "Well it's "Memphis"".

To Phlo: What real part of the problem was West? Was he the part that made the football team have to practice at CBHS because there is NO other available practice facility? Did he cause the actual practice time to be cut short because of the extended travel time to and from CBHS? Was it his part that classes for his student athletes were not scheduled properly and thus cause a number of the members of the football squad to regularly arrive at practice late or have to leave early in order to fulfill their academic commitments? Was he responsible for less than competitive athletic facilities? Was he responsible for less than competitive salaries for assistant coaches?

My goodness man, The entire U of M Athletic Department budget for 2009 is projected at 19.2 million, which is approximately 89.7% of the national average for division I schools (24.1 million), and approximately 19.5% of the 98.1 million being spent by Tennessee for its Athletic Department's 2009 budget.

From Rivals.com: "Tennessee has the most expensive staff of assistant coaches in college football history. The price: $3.325 million for nine assistants. That comes out to $369,444 per coach. That makes the $2.4 million that Alabama doled out to its nine assistants this past season which was tops in the nation seem like a pittance".

I ask. Is Tommy West really part of the problem or are you and people like you the real problem? I contribute to the school regularly, do you? I proudly wear a UofM logo, do you? When asked who I am rooting for, I say UofM and not just during Basketball season should the team be winning.

I challenge those who are Tennessee fans, move to Knoxville. To those who are Mississippi fans, Starkville, Oxford, Jackson, and Hattiesburg would be a great place for you to live. To those who are ashamed of Elvis, Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Rufus Thomas, Cybil Sheppard, etc.... Nashville is awaiting. When you live in Memphis you should support ALL THAT IS MEMPHIS - UNCONDITIONALLY!

The real problem with Memphis Athletics is not Tommy West, RC, or as it will be if Pastner does not display winning results this year. Instead, it is with you and those like you. Your lack of support, your lack of ownership, your lack of pride in where you live and one of your largest neighbors - the University of Memphis. You can support more than one team. Fred Smith does. Why not you too? If you live in Memphis (or one of its "toon towns", be for all that is Memphis. Cut the blame game, you are only embarrassing yourselves and reinforcing what our competitors have come to believe. We are a city divided - on everything. Not just football. We lack character! Unfortunately we don't even respect others who show it. Especially Tommy West.

He could have just walked away with his 2 to 3 million little reasons and not said a thing. Instead he showed a lot of class in standing up for the University to his last day. He has told us how it is and to paraphrase it in proper Memphis venacular so all will understand "We ain't gonna be nothin' as long as we continue to act like and do nothin".


Posted by MemphisISTigerCountry on 11/09/2009 at 4:59 PM
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