Penny Hardaway Is the Envy of the College Basketball World, According to Penny Hardaway
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Dude's Tigers are currently sporting a 13-7 record in his first year and find themselves somewhere in the upper middle of the pack in the powerful American Athletic Conference.
Despite this mediocrity and the fact that his program isn't exactly a popular topic of conversation, Penny is convinced that there's a dark vein of jeolousy running through the college hoops coaching fraternity.
Hardaway is of the opinion that this envy is due to the fact that he scored a major college coaching gig with no prior college coaching experience.
Of course, this does happen to be completely true, but it's unclear what coaches he thinks have taken exception to this, at least publicly.
The former NBA All-Star did raise the ire of some when he started flinging the hyperbole around after a recent win over UCF:
Penny Hardaway: “This win shows we can play with anybody in the country.”— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) January 27, 2019
Hmmm, someone needs to pump those brakes a bit.
Former Houston coach Tom Penders would agree with this assessment.
Woah! Beat Houston before you make such statement. Houston would be a much better measuring stick. What is UCF's #MarchMadness all time record? I love Penny but he just put a target on his own back if Memphis doesn't make the NCAA Tournament. Be happy about a nice home win! https://t.co/jIMrkUCQ9D— Tom Penders (@TomPenders) January 28, 2019
One tepid statement from a former coach doesn't necessarily qualify as a seething groundswell of hate, but Penny seems pretty sure that his NBA pedigree is a problem for coaches across the country.
This angry mob of coaches would no doubt go apeshit if the Tigers made the NCAA tourney, but sadly, this appears to be unlikely.
Haters gonna hate.