Hardaway didn't take very long to assert himself as more than just a name, assuring the Memphis faithful that there are better days on the horizon.
"As a coach, my style, we're going to get after it," Hardaway said. "We're going to win basketball games. Losing is not an option."
"I'm not coming here to be a face. I'm here to make a difference," he added.
Memphis fired former head man Tubby Smith last week after two up-and-down seasons in which the Tigers amassed a record of 40-26.
Hardaway becomes the 19th head coach in Memphis' history.