Memphis will retain head men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner despite his missing the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, according to an AP report.
This isn’t exactly a surprise move, as firing Pastner would have cost the university north of $10 million. But on top of that, though the Tigers were 19-15 (8-10 AAC) this season, Pastner still led them to the American Athletic Conference Tournament Final despite having lost last year’s leading scorer Austin Nichols to a transfer.
Since succeeding John Calipari in 2009, the 38-year-old Pastner has gone 167-73 and has made four NCAA Tournaments in seven seasons. Memphis also won three Conference USA championships under Pastner’s watch before moving to the AAC in 2013.
However, Josh Pastner has never been past the second round of the big dance and after another year of missing out, odds are greater than none that he will be on the hot seat in 2016-17.
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