The Memphis Tigers have locked up their man with a contract extension.
Tigers head Josh Pastner informed CBSSports.com on Tuesday that he had agreed to extend his contract with Memphis, a move that instantly puts a close to some speculation about Pastner making a move out west.
Upon the two openings in Southern California, Pastner’s name had been linked to both vacancies at USC and UCLA. For the Tigers’ sake, the last thing they wanted to allow to happen is something along those lines, so this is a great move by the university.
Memphis is set to return a plethora of talent next season from a team that earned a No. 6 within the NCAA Tournament here in 2013. Among those expected to return include Conference USA Player of the Year, Joe Jackson. Pastner is also welcoming in a loaded recruiting class that should make the Tigers a very dangerous threat within the old Big East. Or America 12, whatever they eventually decide to call the conference.
Albeit Pastner was never offered a job at either USC or UCLA, he was heavily considered to be on the short lists for both schools. In four seasons at Memphis, Pastner has led the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances. After being unable to secure a win within the Big Dance in the first two of those three trips, Memphis advanced to the Round of 32 this season before bowing out at the hands of No. 3 Michigan State.
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