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Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 
Memphis officials have reached a deal on a five-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Josh Pastner, a source told CBSSports.com early Tuesday.

The school subsequently confirmed the CBSSports.com report.

Pastner's new contract is worth $1.7 million annually.

"We are delighted that Coach Pastner has accepted our contract offer and will remain as our basketball coach for years to come,” said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. “He is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting young coaches in the country, and we anticipate continued growth for our basketball program."

Pastner had been linked to openings at N.C. State, Missouri and Oklahoma in recent days. He just took Memphis to the NCAA tournament and should return a preseason Top 25 team next season headlined by Will Barton, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black and incoming freshman Adonis Thomas, a McDonald's All-American from Melrose High in Memphis

"I have stated numerous times that the Memphis basketball job is one of the top five jobs in the country,” Pastner said. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity and understand the responsibility I was presented by R.C. Johnson to coach this team. We have everything we need to be successful and build championship caliber teams. From a modern arena, to a great practice facility, to one of the strongest fan bases in the nation, to an outstanding recruiting area, Tiger basketball is one of the top five programs in the country and should always remain at that elite level."

Pastner is 49-20 in two years with the Tigers.

He replaced John Calipari in April 2009.
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Comments

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Is it pick on Mickey day!! Laughing  Ah I'll pass.  Way too easy. 



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Mikey only jumps in to these conversations so he can find a way to talk about Syracuse. He's always lurking out there, waiting to pounce,  always trying to find an Orangeman angle that he can work in to the discussion. On a Memphis thread (again!) no less. Surprised

I think he writes more about Memphis than he does his beloved Orange....but I have no idea why. Must be a Freud thing.Wink I think it has something to do with not being breast fed as a child, but only his therapist knows for sure.




Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:04 am
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Mikey Mikey Mikey......we get it, Memphis plays in a crap conference......so do half the teams in the FF.  The city of Memphis embraces the Tigers like a SEC team embraces football.....only a couple of teams can compare to that.  Also take into account our facilities are top notch (before FedEx Forum, we had the Pyramid, before that one of the craziest venues in college basketball with the Mid South Coliseum) including the Finch Center.  Finally, the city of Memphis (pound for pound) produces the best talent.

I have been to Cuse and the Carrier Dome and there is no comparison.  Cuse has Boeheim and New York, which is great but your talking out your arse.




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:30 am
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Oh boy, a practice facility!

As far as winning, well Memphis has won plenty of non-conference games over the years too, including Big East teams
Except being losers of the last two against Syracuse Wink


And I already said it was one of the better coaching jobs in the country. 



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:29 am
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Mike, you blooming idiot, Memphis has it's own practice facility (the Finch Center) that is second to none in college basketball. They play in the FedEx Forum, which they share with the Grizzlies. Most College teams would love to play there, and there are other college teams that share arenas with pro teams. Ever hear of Madison Square Gardens?

As far as winning, well Memphis has won plenty of non-conference games over the years too, including Big East teams. You may disagree with me, but that changes nothing. The job is one of the best in basketball, and if Pastner, Bobby Knight, and others say so as well, then let's face it, your opinion is worthless by comparison.Surprised







Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:26 am
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

I'm pretty sure Memphis OWNS all the practice facilities and work out rooms. So there are some facilities. Also, what's with spliting hairs, how many Big east schools OWN their arenas? 5? What, is that like 10Percent of your rediculous league? Pastner is only talking things up, cause he sees it that way. How many Big East coaches make more than him now? No really? I don't know, perhaps the same five that "OWN" their facilities?



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

There's no way you can make an argument for Memphis being the winningest team over the last 10 years, when five of those years alone was Memphis competing in a one team conference. Don't even go there. 

Memphis doesn't even own their own basketball facility either. So technically there is no "facilities". 

It's still a good place to coach. But c'mon now...



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

I certainly would not want to follow ANY of those coaches, besides some of those programs have become the laughing stock of their respective leagues. Indiana? Please.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Pastner isn't the only person to say that Memphis is a top five coaching position. Back when Calipari left, Bob Knight famously stated that Memphis was the best job in college basketball...the fans, facilities, the school's administration support, the Memphis area high school recruiting potential....all added up to make it a plum job for any top level coach.

It's easy to knock Memphis because they don't have a National Championship, but they are the winning-est team of the last ten years, and they have had a great tradition of basketball for the last 50 years.
The point that needs to be made is not whether the school is one of the "blue bloods", but rather whether the job itself is a great job. By most coaching  standards, Memphis is a top job.





Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Butler is a stepping stone for a program like Memphis! Most of the programs people have named were built by the coaches who are currently their, sans Kentucky and North Carolina. Why wouldn't a coach relish the opportunity to have that, especially at such a young age. Brad Stevens may be doing just that at Butler, but I doubt that he would not jump ship if his "dream job" became a possibility. People on the boards have no idea what Memphis basketball is about. Even Calipari said that there was no other job in the country he would have left Memphis for. Take Pastner for his word. Thank god Arizona looks to be set for a while, as he probably would leave for that job.


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