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Pastner leaving Arizona for Memphis

Posted on: May 8, 2008 11:24 am
Edited on: May 9, 2008 2:09 pm

Josh Pastner, as expected, is leaving Arizona for Memphis.

A source close to the situation told on Thursday morning that the 30-year-old assistant has agreed in principle to make the move and should be formally introduced in the coming days, soon as everything is signed and official. In the meantime, count this as a huge coup for John Calipari, who has hit a home run by luring the Arizona graduate to replace Derek Kellogg on the Memphis staff.

Kellogg, of course, left Memphis to become the head coach at UMass.

So if you're keeping track, Calipari's revamped staff will feature Pastner, John Robic and either Rod Strickland or a yet-to-be-determined member. Meanwhile, Lute Olson's staff will feature three new assistants. They are Russ Pennell, Mike Dunlap and a yet-to-be-determined member who will essentially fill the void left by the departure of Pastner.
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2008 2:51 am

Pastner leaving Arizona for Memphis

Just wondering Gary, any other assistants out there that Cal will add to the team other than the rotating Chinese assistant?

And what about Ebanks?

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 2:55 pm

Pastner leaving Arizona for Memphis

As a University of Arizona grad who watched Josh Pastner come in at the end of blowouts to hoist a 3 or two, then develop into a terrific assistant, I'm sad to see him leave the Wildcats for Memphis. But I recognize that for his career, this is a good move. Being associated with two elite-level head coaches with different styles expands his experience and his contact base. That should move him up even higher on the radars of schools that will be looking for new head coaches in the next few seasons.

Josh was probably not going to have an opportunity to move into Lute Olson's office when Lute retired. That's too big a jump. This will get him on track for the head coaching job he wants a lot faster. Good luck Josh.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 2:17 pm

Pastner leaving Arizona for Memphis

Bravo Gary !!

You've managed to scoop Wolken once more.

Take him under your wing please.

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