Thursday, May 08, 2008
Josh Pastner, Posted by Dan Wolken
Posted by Dan Wolken
Look for Arizona assistant coach Josh Pastner to accept an offer from Memphis to join the staff in the coming days, if not in the next 24 hours.
According to a report by Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post tonight, Nuggets assistant Mike Dunlap has been offered the job of associate head coach at Arizona and will likely accept. Dunlap, the former coach at Div. 2 Metro State, is very well-respected in the industry. It is believed, however, that Pastner was waiting to see where he would fit in the pecking order on a reconfigured Arizona staff before deciding whether to take the job at Memphis. According to my sources, Pastner was, at the very least, seeking the position that had been offered to Dunlap. With that apparently off the table now, I expect Pastner to join John Calipari on the Memphis bench.
If the sequence of events plays out as I expect, it would be a tremendous development for Memphis in the wake of Derek Kellogg’s departure. Pastner is one of the top recruiters in the country, and his addition would offset much of what was lost when Kellogg became head coach at UMass.