NCAA Basketball

Hardaway starts coaching era at Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) The months of back-slapping, congratulations and the lovefest for a returning favorite son are over. It's time for Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers to get to work.

The former Memphis All-American and NBA All-Star tipped off his first camp on Tuesday. Hardaway was hired in March to breathe life into the stagnant program after a couple of pedestrian years under Tubby Smith. Hardaway said it'll be great to go from four hours of practice a week to 20.

"I'm really anxious. I'm sure the boys are anxious," Hardaway said. "We're ready to get out there and get to work."

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