AUDIO: Tom Bowen on the Jason & John Show (1/11/18)

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Thursday, January 11th

AUDIO: Tom Bowen on the Jason & John Show (1/11/18)

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This is Amanda needs no introduction of the city of Memphis. You vs Memphis athletic director is Davis Tom borne any joins us now mr. Bowen thank you for the time served. Thank you gentlemen thank you John congratulations to your guises and amazing succession in your great radio show and great listening audience so I'm honored beyond today and thank you for giving me some time. Looks like you've cab what are you are at it that well we appreciate him and we can't believe it will we serve we can't believe the successful we certainly appreciate you you mentioned and a man thank you listen we'll get right into it just. Overall in terms of the overall health of this athletic department how you feel about where the things are as a whole right now and we actually got to throw and you're coming off what arguably the most successful season football history if not the might not be an argument anymore. Well. I would tell you that beat the good experience of this do nothing to University of Memphis has never been more exciting vote in the industry netspective. The graduation rates which is down 92% of fact that we that ninth straight semesters of three point 0297. My student athletes have a three point 040. Of -- four point oh and we're graduating every student athlete that Jones will graduate. And yet and only upload success we're very pleased with the progress has been made -- -- -- progress last week in men's basketball progress Saturday with our women's -- on big win in the course but kind of sold in which a particular night and what's happening is our inaudible bring process that our new women's volleyball coach for baseball coach rock is excited to ourself programs for the best that didn't work should be men's tennis is going to be ranked in the top fifteen or twenty this year distort this season and his tennis is rebuilding and I think it's going to be a great golf season provoked my minimum goal team along with our rifle team and our young coach so overall health of the upper department here right now is very good yeah. I would tell you that we're just getting started many ways I think we're going I met this morning and we're very excited about you know Sonny don't put seven in order to be doing in the in the coming months was spring football and excitement of course she's in Europe seven home games there tournaments except that that's so you don't have a great stuff I mean I have a tremendous step by in his and I'm the most important person by myself by the tremendous staff at worst harshly. To build us programs over the support of doctor wrote my president you can you can converse about right now. Tom you hear the talk here on the radio you see in the newspaper everybody talk about your basketball program and where it is right now we're looking at attendance and how that's. That's fallen off there's there's no there's no denying that there's no debating it. How how satisfied or somehow un satisfy you with their trajectory of the men's basketball program he talked about that they're making steps. Are they making enough steps the rights to. Program is making the right progress and right steps certainly the last two weeks we see some great the great nuances and adjustments that are in their offense in the Michael -- and a great game on Saturday in Tuesday's game and things are going well that I've and I believe in my coach tubby Smith and I believe that we brought to these material is gonna bring together a program continue to build it. I'm very pleased that we're making progress and the in the classroom with a high GPA ever in the men's basketball program. Nor can progress and in this sort of hurt our conference season and our own. Don't debate. We're tenant one and home at the end as I was saying you know basketball season the public campaign that's a no look so we do we campaign got a long season of thirty to 32 to thirty point games and so I'm confident I'm in the mischievous she's in the caucuses started not excited about sellers can get a couple. Tom what is a successful rest of this particular season lookalike in your mind. Can you continue to play well continue to be great ambassadors for the city. Jeremiah mart knew what a great young kid in Memphis look it came via the other night. Jermareo is coming under present from his concussion which is great news these are wonderful young men who are great ambassadors for our city they're great kids in the community they do great things off at all. All cordoned and we wanna continue to do it. Go to showcase these guys and and have some great games and some great games and get some great road game it's a great program and. Tom should I've got to ask you this from because you look at mrs. recruiting class for next year right now they've got one guy committed ship that because of what you all of done because of what you've been able pull together. Shouldn't just be competing with the best programs in the country just in basketball recruiting. Alone given the large investments that you've helped pull together given that facility given given all the resources to salaries you tell me. The about what program did our expectations are to be a very very competitive part of your brother talks with my little. We know that our investments are sort of come on mind silly just openly just got in their December. You know were removed Ford and our coaches in his second season and we have all the excitement and we do have made a lot of as president run in I have to set we've made a lot of investments in the men's basketball program to continue the great tradition that is Memphis tiger basketball. That's very very important be in that will always be important thing. And so we know what needs to be done woken I would try to get better every day. As a general philosophy use an athletic director you know you hear that we hear the Tokyo fired Toby now what I'm not gonna put you at there at that point what all what I do what I asked you what is it fair someone you generally when you're looking at at one of your head coaches. To judge what's on the court to judge when is it fair to say okay here's the job he's done what year Tom you're two years three when do you look at it. Our our our. Our progress in the Indian programs whether you they had. Rightful coached at ball and focus that got a coach that football coach to tell you begin to build programs at your number one. When can I began in our second season cause when they actually struggled he was three and 9 come not a morning that you wanted to target chip consensus that was me and they wanna target chip from TC unanimous vote out of yours okay. I understand the passion I loved the passionate people in Memphis I get it but the progress is it takes time to really put your program in Florida and so I believe you've got to continue to get better ensure progress we are showing. Progress we're showing some great. Us in that I believe and continue to build and I'm gonna put all my favorite coach we'll have a great. The second half of the season in New York you can have a again higher expectations for your three high expectations for your forecast and our expectations for your buck you know they'll. We're not in this is this is about building a culture champions it's about. Being highly competitive so that that that's been really. Long haul it sounds like time. Every coach has worked for me every coach has been with me is given a fair opportunity to build a program. I guess is on and in that same vein when you made that this is no higher Tubby Smith was that part of it did you feel like. You know some sort of revamp and revamp or recall was in order and it was going to take time was that sort of in the back your mind. It's always. Every time you make a coaching higher you're your and we point arkush rebelled when you with a course about what's gonna. Be able to build upon whenever we are coached you you wanna make sure that everybody's moving towards being better being more successful graduating more being better human beings in the coming in the community and being very competitive have been very competitive amateur student athletes users student athletes or amateur athletes. And their development always takes time into the higher revenue programs. You need to be patient with the development of of student athletes. We are we're talking to university of settling director Tom Bowen here on Jason's done a ton of important and point sixteen. Armed there was talk about perhaps renegotiating the the programs lease with the form which obviously requires an attendance figures to be met. To receive an annual payout from the grizzlies attendants still seems to be. In issue 44 they games are there any updates that you can maybe shed light on. -- -- -- product first and -- that they were trying to -- is really revamp our nonconference schedule this -- the last -- that we were tied to the golf classic and a one game and in Madison Square -- this -- -- place and so -- -- coming -- -- -- in the I'm very excited to -- -- soon as I'm -- in the -- we produce some great great -- five home and home games that we've got to put put -- played on paper -- contracts so I feel really good about -- feel good about the fact that we can get our nonconference schedule competitive and bring in the kind of programs that people -- come see -- play -- compete against I think -- also an opportunity -- also think this conference is getting better I was I was in -- conference -- the last two days in Atlanta Cincinnati media -- sitting up front and best teams in the country right now the Wichita -- gutters -- decline in -- start to see the American after the congress you know in the non conference schedule 180% their -- games but again -- ten and -- -- home and so I think it you know we're we're providing -- a great atmosphere -- -- and a great -- these young -- put on the uniform that says that is represented the city the university's tiger nation and everybody. Is that that kind of affiliated with us and they play hard and they play together and they wanna win and so I think those are really good attributes right now permit me just start seeing some increased attendance so you can increase support. Speaking of guys that played hard in that uniform whip when you when you hear former tiger hero of a former tiger great like Antonio Anderson. Or or Leonard Draper line though you know Tom longtime supporter. Been around the program for years say that they've they've tried to reach out to tubby mets' staff they just wanna help not tell them what to do but just help him in any sits in the layer the layer can we help. And it's it and sort of felt rebuffed haven't haven't had those attempts answer released according to them is that concerning to you is an athletic director. You know additional operative in those conversations I don't know anything about that and I like and I'd like Leonard Draper very very much left of I really had chances in elementary reaction but I know what imminent and noticed that is involved in what he's done he's a fine human being able to fund players so to find examples of former tigers and a certainly open you know there weren't talked to me they can but I have become aware of any conversation Micah. And got there there's obviously been great success over on the football field which I know. Everybody that was excited about now there are people as always. It. It if -- this is indeed a football school no more basketball school stuff it is is that is that silly or or do you think you know that that that transformation can it can happen. We'll finish the entire program and what I can but I think it's fascinating is that all it all in all the individual and SPS is just as you know is taking a short lead at that does it every September all the way until the end of January January like Monday in the national championship than the basketball is also premier opportunity program and so couple. You don't work when you're worried about probable probable and known what mentally how. You're trying to answer because that I've got this many kinds of an app just in question. In my Michael Gambill becomes. Tremendously tremendously successful. But first and foremost naming we do with these programs. Is our student athletes and their GPA in their graduation from the University of Memphis. That is priority wind from what I have to do while I'm here and the second part of that is recruit the right men and women and having the right opportunities come together and and so I don't. I don't wanna distinguish say that doesn't trouble now is a partial pull it is to remove. For every September October November December now something really really exciting at the end in the city of Memphis within the fourth straight bowl games we retained on the top young coaches in the country and so now the nice thing is that we're gonna move in the dust on them in his best hope continues get better and better it's gonna be a great football basketball season to get excited for baseball Lehman went into on Washington street Michael. Struggles to make every effort program the best. We can get behind that certainly following Tom I know you're busy we certainly appreciate the time. I was surprised. Last week we announced that we don't we were avenue all this week. I got a ton of tweets people dearly meet. Asking me specifically to ask you about the women's basketball program. There are people that wanna see that thing up summit's been awhile since they've been an ad in the NCAA tournament how high when your agenda is is is that program. Getting it back hitting it where it needs to be. Very very I would tell you again we're we're working diligently to kind of help coach return Crist returned had scorer for players get injured so didn't start of the season and two of those were real key chips for us and then I watched it last night play army and went and illustrated against Wichita State lost by six and so one last Saturday but 36 and saw the glee women's women's basketball and have a better run in the second half of the season because return and I'd be quite frequently and that she knows and I know how important it is to keep elevating women not only keep elevating our opinion and you can hurt you notice the part of our business that you can't control injuries for example jamario rivers is finally under persona that option so now we're expecting that plan would actually benefit us you know and Inge and and could return had to athletes get a concussion in the same game so. To me this is this is a this is that she's in that I think is going to be much better in the second half. Tom thank you thank you for the times that we've Matsui can tell you all in on your head coach we really appreciate appreciate your answer all of our questions Tom thank you.
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