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Memphis Tigers Coach Josh Pastner Taking No Excuses Approach This Season

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

If you have ever been on the University of Memphis campus, you know that a train track runs through the middle of it. If students have not parked their cars and gotten across the tracks in enough time to get to class, count on a train to come through and make them late.

That was the excuse given to coach Josh Pastner by Memphis Tigers junior guard Chris Crawford and sophomore forward Adonis Thomas for their late arrival to a film session on Tuesday night. They were held up by a train.

But coach Pastner is a stickler for the rules. And the fourth-year coach’s rules say you must be on time no matter what.

Both players were held out of the starting lineup in Wednesday’s exhibition game against Christian Brothers Bucs at FedExForum because of their tardiness.

Crawford and Thomas were both apologetic for their actions.

“We had to suffer the consequences,” Crawford said to the Commercial Appeal. “It won’t ever happen again.”

“Like I told the team, it won’t happen again. I’m disappointed in myself,” Thomas said to the Commerical Appeal.

Thomas, a 6’7 forward, is a preseason all-Conference USA second-team pick. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19 games as a freshman last season.

Crawford, a 6’5 guard, is also a preseason all-Conference USA second-team pick. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season.

The No. 17-ranked Tigers open the regular season Monday against North Florida at FedExForum.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery