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Josh Pastner donates $250,000 to Memphis athletic department

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Josh Pastner is 112-35 in his career at Memphis.  (USATSI)
Josh Pastner is 112-35 in his career at Memphis. (USATSI)

Josh Pastner is all about giving back this December.

Memphis announced on Thursday that the 36-year-old fifth-year Tigers coach donated $250,000 toward the university's athletic department.

“Josh's gift is the largest ever made by a Memphis coach and will be used for sport enhancements and improvements," Memphis AD Tom Bowen said. “We are making great strides in building a culture of champions at the University of Memphis. As part of our strategic plan, we are working to enhance programs and facilities for all our student-athletes and sports."

According to the school, Pastner's donation (which can be used as a tax write-off) is part of the school's campaign to up its athletic facilities, a $40 million undertaking. It's been a big December for Memphis, which received $10 million from former Tigers basketball player Bill Laurie.

On the court, Memphis is 6-1 this season and plays Arkansas-Little Rock at home Friday night.

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