The Memphis Tigers coach Josh Paster fired trainer Frank Matrisciano–“the Life Changer–today. The reason: an apparent disagreement over whether the Tigers should work out their legs before the Louisville game this week after a poor shooting performance against Cincinnati on Saturday. The weirdest part though is that “Frank the Life Changer” is Paster’s brother-in-law.
Here’s the deal, I’m told: After the 24th-ranked Tigers missed 15 of the 17 3-pointers they attempted in Saturday’s loss to Cincinnati at FedExForum, Pastner was worried his players might have tired legs and suggested Matrisciano work only on the players’ upper-bodies heading into Thursday’s game at 12th-ranked Louisville. Matrisciano rejected that idea and didn’t appreciate Pastner telling him how to do his job. Pastner understood that but also didn’t care. He told Matrisciano again that the players were not to do any legwork this week, at which point Matrisciano responded by essentially telling Pastner that he’d either work the players out the way he sees fit or not at all.
Back and forth they went.
Ultimately, Pastner decided to go with not at all.
I think they’re both pretty crazy. Pastner had every right to tell Frank Matrisciano to not work out the players legs this week. And Matrisciano probably should have respected Josh’s position as head coach. But if Paster really thinks the reason they lost the Cincinatti game was because the Tigers had tired legs and shot poorly…I don’t know that I feel much better about the Louisville game on Thursday.