Memphis sophomore guard Joe Jackson will be sitting out the Tigers’ game against Charlotte on Saturday night "due to a personal matter," according to head coach Josh Pastner.
But a source close to the program said that Pastner hasn’t been happy with Jackson’s attitude while he has been struggling on the court. And Jackson isn't exactly happy either, as first reported by CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish.
His former AAU coach, Eric Robinson, told Parrish that Jackson is considering a transfer and “might not wear a uniform in Memphis again.’’
Jackson, a Memphis native who was considered a major recruiting get for Pastner, is averaging 11.9 points and 3.1 assists a game and is the Tigers’ second-leading scorer. He started the first 11 games, but came off the bench Thursday against Robert Morris and didn’t score in 21 minutes.
Pastner got rid of Jelan Kendrick last year because of conduct detrimental to the team and at the time said that no player was bigger than the program. Kendrick was in Jackson’s class and has transferred to Ole Miss and became eligible earlier this month.
When reached Saturday, Pastner said he wouldn’t rule out Jackson returning to the team. But he was emphatic that the matter was being handled internally. The source said Pastner won’t buckle on the matter if Jackson won’t conform to the team.