Following Memphis' third straight loss, a 70-62 home defeat to SMU on Thursday night, coach Penny Hardaway sounded off during his postgame news conference, telling the assembled media to "stop asking me stupid f—ing questions."
Hardaway was asked by one reporter if he had lost faith he could get the job done at Memphis and whether he was embarrassed by the team's performance.
"I think the one thing I can say to this media because this media gets kinda f—ed up sometimes when it comes to me. We don't have our full roster. Y'all know we don't have our full roster. Stop asking me stupid f—ing questions about if I feel like I can do something," Hardaway said in response.
"If I had my roster like they did, then I feel like I can do whatever I want to do. I'm coaching really hard, my boys are playing really hard, I'm not embarrassed about nothing. We have four freshmen starting, y'all need to act like it. Act like we got 17- and 18- and 19-year-olds out here trying to learn how to play against 22-, 23- and 24-year-old guys. Come on, man. Stop disrespecting me, bro. Like, don't do that. I work too f—ing hard. I work way too hard for that. Y'all write all these bulls— articles about me and all I do is work. We got young kids on the floor. They got young kids on the floor."
Memphis, which opened the season ranked No. 12 in the AP poll, dropped to 9-8 overall and 3-4 in the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers have lost eight of their last 12 games since opening the season with five straight wins.