Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Josh Pastner will remain at Memphis for the
upcoming season and beyond after the Tigers' head basketball coach and the
university agreed to terms on a contract extension.
Both Pastner, whose name had floated around in regards to coaching vacancies
at such places as UCLA, Minnesota and USC, and Memphis athletic director Tom
Bowen confirmed the agreement during an end-of-the-season press conference on
Wednesday. Terms of the new pact were not released.
"I'm very grateful to be the head coach at Memphis," said Pastner. "It's a
privilege. Tiger Nation is phenomenal, the best fan base in the entire
country. Even in times of loss, that's what makes it great: their passion and
Pastner had three years remaining on a five-year extension reported to be
worth $1.7 million annually that the 35-year-old signed after the 2010-11
season, his second after replacing John Calipari following the latter's move
In four seasons at the helm of the Memphis program, Pastner has compiled a
106-34 record and captured three consecutive Conference USA Tournament titles.
The Tigers went 31-5 this past season and defeated Saint Mary's in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament before being ousted by Michigan State on
"When you've done a good job, your name is going to be thrown out there,"
Pastner said. "I don't think there are any issues with talking as long as your
bosses are kept in the loop, and that goes for any walk of life. That means
you're doing a good job. Memphis is an elite job."
Memphis will move to the yet-to-be-renamed football-playing segment of the Big
East when the conference undergoes its split for the 2013-14 academic year.
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