Chapter Two: How Penny Hardaway proved the skeptics wrong – and a university president right

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 13, 2018 10:52 AM CT | Published: November 11, 2018 7:08 PM CT
<strong>Memphis Tigers' head coach Penny Hardaway smirks after one of his players fouls in the season opener against Tennessee Tech.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Hardaway won his first game as head coach of the Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 6, defeating&nbsp; Tennessee Tech, 76-61.</strong> (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian)

Memphis Tigers' head coach Penny Hardaway smirks after one of his players fouls in the season opener against Tennessee Tech. Hardaway won his first game as head coach of the Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 6, defeating Tennessee Tech, 76-61. (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian)

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Geoff Calkins

Geoff Calkins has been chronicling Memphis and Memphis sports for more than two decades. He is host of "The Geoff Calkins Show" from 9-11 a.m. M-F on 92.9 FM. Calkins has been named the best sports columnist in the country five times by the Associated Press sports editors, but still figures his best columns are about the people who make Memphis what it is.

Penny Hardaway’s final assignment at the University of Memphis – the final assignment before he could get his degree – was a paper on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

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