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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

ESPN's Andy Katz on Pastner's Staff, Scheduling and Recruiting

From ESPN's Andy Katz

• Memphis coach Josh Pastner interviewed former Rice head coach Willis Wilson and former Kentucky coach Glynn Cyprien as he begins to fill his first staff. Hiring Wilson would be a home run for Pastner. He needs an older coach who understands how to manage a program, including dealing with the rest of campus, scheduling, and organizing the daily routine.
Cyprien has had a number of assistant-coaching stints, from Kentucky to Oklahoma State to UNLV, and has plenty of connections.
• Pastner could be open to getting out of the series with Gonzaga. Mark Few said the decision on the series is up to Pastner.
• Pastner said the only person who could have kept the Memphis recruiting class intact was John Calipari, something he told athletic director R.C. Johnson. He said that while he was an assistant he sold the recruits on playing for Calipari, so he's not surprised that most of them will be bolting.

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