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Monday, April 06, 2009

Memphis promotes assistant Pastner to coach, replacing Calipari

Memphis promotes assistant Pastner to coach, replacing Calipari
April 6, 2009
By Gary Parrish Senior Writer
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DETROIT -- Josh Pastner will be introduced as the next Memphis coach, a source close to the program told on Monday.

An news conference is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.

Pastner is known as an elite recruiter from his time at Arizona, where he played for and assisted Lute Olson before joining John Calipari's staff last offseason. This is his first head coaching job.


Anonymous said...

Now that we know who the new head coach is, who is going to be the new Athletic Director?

Coach said...

I agree. It hasn't been the finest hour for R.C. Johnson. Perhaps making the "Wow!" hire comment backfired.

I'm quite happy with Josh Pastner (especially compared to Scott Drew, Leonard Hamilton or Reggie Theus), but promoting an assistant (albeit a great assistant) is taking a flyer.

Perhaps he is will turn into a great head coach just as he is a great recruiter as an assistant.

I suspect Pastner outlasts R.C. Johnson.

Anonymous said...

I think you're right & True Tigers will rally behind Josh; but R.C.??? Not so much!