Memphis Coach Argues With Louisville Fans That Called His Players Thugs

Josh Pastner

The Memphis Tigers got a huge win on the home court of the defending champion Louisville Cardinals last night.

Salty Cardinal fans took exception with the celebratory manner in which the Tigers left the court and starting insulting them.

Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was having none of it, and stuck up for his players letting the fans know that they have a perfect APR score and even inviting fans to come down and address him.



Pastner downplayed the incident in his post-game press conference.

“I think Louisville fans are tremendous. They’re like Memphis fans. They love their team. ….The only thing I ever get sensitive on is if anybody ever says our guys are low class or anything in that manner. We have a perfect APR score. …Say I’m the worst coach in the world. Say I can’t coach zone. I’m the worst press coach. I look like I’m 13. I should be fired. I’m the worst this. I’m the worst that, but the thing that gets to me is if you say our kids (are bad) cause we’ve done a great job. That’s been a point of emphasis.”

It was totally classless for Louisville fans to hurl insults at student athletes leaving the court excited about a big win.  Nothing they did was disrespectful to the players or fans.  I commend coach Pastner for sticking up for his guys.  That says a lot about how much he cares for his players.