Hardaway responded Monday by saying he “was getting used to” being criticized. “There’s a little jealousy from a lot of these coaches around the country,” Hardaway said, via The Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I do understand that because we are NBA players and didn’t have any experience as college coaches. So, we didn’t quote, unquote, ‘Pay our dues.’ So, these college coaches and their so-called boys in the media are going to always throw jabs at us.” Related News Hardaway’s staff includes 17-year NBA veteran Mike Miller and former Raptors coach Sam Mitchell. Hardaway said some might feel threatened if they have immediate success with the Tigers.”It’s going to look like an NBA guy came back with no experience and won,” Hardaway said. “So, of course.”Maybe they look at that as arrogance or cocky, or whatever. But I work hard, and I feel like I’ve been rewarded for working hard. I do know that there’s a target on my back and on this team.” Penny Hardaway thinks other college coaches are “a little bit” jealous of his staff’s NBA background.Hardaway, the four-time All-Star in his first season at the helm of Memphis, said he thought his team could play “with anybody in the country” after its win over UCF on Sunday. His comments prompted former Houston coach Tom Penders to say Hardaway put a “target on his own back.” Dewan Hernandez leaving Miami, turning pro after NCAA ruling Memphis’ Penny Hardaway rips Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, calls his comments ‘low class’ Hardaway also exchanged words through the media with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes in mid-December. He said the Volunteers’ coach made some “low class” comments after they beat the Tigers.Memphis improved to 13-7 with the victory over UCF. It will travel to face Tulsa on Wednesday.