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Livengood's thoughts on Pastner possibly leaving

Posted on: May 7, 2008 12:01 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2008 12:03 pm
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I've got a column going up later today about the wackiness at Arizona and the difficult task facing AD Jim Livengood.

I spoke with Livengood for about 30 minutes yesterday.

He was candid and addressed everything.

But one interesting tidbit I didn't get to in the column (but thought I'd share with you here) is the seemingly imminent departure of assistant Josh Pastner. To be clear, Livengood said he still wasn't sure whether Pastner will accept an offer to join John Calipari's staff at Memphis. But it's worth noting Livengood didn't sound like a man who expects Pastner to return.

Should Pastner return?

Actually, Livengood said he isn't sure staying at Arizona is best for Pastner.

He explained why in great detail.

"I have personal experience with this," Livengood said. "When I first got to Washington State ... I had no idea that I wanted to be an AD. But after I had been there two or three years I thought, 'You know, I want to be an AD.' And I was not going to be an AD by staying at Washington State. I needed to go somewhere. And the people that counseled me and counseled me very well would've loved to have had me stay at Washington State, but they would not have been helping me. They would not have been serving me. They would've been serving themselves. So I went to Southern Illinois and was there for 22 months and came back as the AD at Washington State.

"Now I don't want you to misread that," Livengood added, "but Josh's entire career as a walk-on student-athlete from Houston, Texas has all been with Arizona. ... So I would love to have him stay. But I'm also interested in what is in the best interest of Josh. His ultimate goal is very simple: He wants to be a Division I head coach as soon as he possible can be. .. We've talked about it a ton every day. He knows how badly I want him to stay. But at the same time, I tell him every day, 'Josh, this needs to be about you. This needs to be about what's in your best interests' because one of the things I can help him with is if he's trying to become more attractive as a future Division I head coach. That part doesn't have anything to do with Arizona or Lute (Olson). It has everything to do with somebody looking at him and saying, 'OK, what kind of background does he bring to the table?' and that's hard for me to say because what a lot of people would like me to say -- and what a lot of people are critical of me for not saying -- is that he's so loyal and he is Arizona basketball and he's done an incredible job recruiting and he's extrememly popular in Tucson and we need to keep him and never let him go. Well, I don't disagree with that. But at the same time, that's probably very selfish, as well."

Translation: Expect Pastner to land at Memphis in the spirit of broadening his resume and becoming familar with C-USA.

Then expect him to become a bigtime candidate for a C-USA school in Texas in the coming years.

At Houston, perhaps
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Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:17 am
 

Livengood's thoughts on Pastner possibly leaving

Memphis bad hire. Memphis droped the ball on this hire. They should have went after Thadd Matta from ohio state. or the head coach of xavior but an assisstant from baylor bad move memphis but i hope it works out for you.

Still think JOSH PASTNER is a BAD HIRE? Please, the guy is going to be a big time COACH and is already making noise with his recruiting there...Ask a Memphis fan if U don't believe me...

Looking bacck @ Livengood's decision and recommendation to let Josh Pastner (actually ENCOURAGE) seek a "different" opportunity so that he could bolster the resume is VERY unselfish...At the time I was not too happy with this perspective but now I GET IT and it worked out (in the end) for both ARIZONA & MEMPHIS




Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 8:32 am
 

Livengood's thoughts on Pastner possibly leaving

 

 Memphis bad hire. Memphis droped the ball on this hire. They should have went after Thadd Matta from ohio state. or the head coach of xavior but an assisstant from baylor bad move memphis but i hope it works out for you.




Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 12:50 pm
 

Livengood's thoughts on Pastner possibly leaving

Josh Pastner has been an excellent assistant and recruiter for Arizona. I would hate to see him leave. I also question some of the decisions Jim Livengood has made, especially naming Kevin O'Neill coach in waiting when he didn't have to. I bet Jim wishes he had that one back! But I do appreciate the approach of wanting to do what is best for Pastner.

I'm looking forward to the column with details on the "wackiness."




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 12:25 pm
 

Livengood's thoughts on Pastner possibly leaving

Finally, some information on the assistant coaching situation for the Tigers.  We've all been hearing the outstanding recruits committing and visiting the Tigers; but the program has been pretty mum on candidates for the empty assistant coaching slots.  Personally, this has been my biggest concern.  We all know Cal can recruit the players, that seems to be the easy part; but finding quality assistants may be another.  Most of the assistants that recently left were former players under Cal and with him as assistants for some time.  Here's to a productive few more weeks looking for assistants and also hopefully landing Ebanks.

1 down 4 to go...

Go Tigers!



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