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Shots Fired Between 2 Major College Basketball Coaches

Rick Barnes eyes up his team on the court.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Head coach Rick Barnes of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on in the first half while taking on the Wright State Raiders in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Memphis and Tennessee are already in-state rivals, and it looks like the competition between both programs is heating up, thanks to their head coaches.

The third-ranked Volunteers beat the Tigers 102-92 over the weekend, and there was a confrontation between players during the game. The battle has since continued off the court.

It started with an exchange of comments by Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway and Tennessee's Rick Barnes. Hardaway accused Tennessee players of "having their firsts balled" as they walked toward the Memphis bench during the conflict on Saturday, which Barnes laughed about.

Barnes also accused Memphis of flopping. All of this apparently set Penny off today.

There is definite animosity in those comments from Penny. That should make for some interesting recruiting battles between the two rivals in the coming months.

It is too bad they won't play again this season, so we'll have to wait a while before the meet on the court again.