Memphis Tigers Josh Pastner: The Next Big Thing In College Coaching?

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2009

FROM NECESSARY ROUGHNESS

After reading this article in the New York Times about new Memphis coach Josh Pastner, I realized that maybe Memphis will not fall out of the elite class of basketball programs with the departure of John Calipari. Pastner is a 31 years young coach who is really easy to root for. He is already doing a great recruiting job and proving to be a solid coach as well. Maybe with time he develop into something big, as his predecessor did before him. Pastner already has a head start on his predecessor with a great foundation at Memphis that Coach Calipari left behind (yes several players followed Calipari to Kentucky, but the foundation of winning along with some talent remains).

Pastner seems to have a personality that really makes for a coach players would love to play for. Hopefully his soft side, as this article displays, won't result in a "weak" coach who players do not respond to over time.

As Coach Calipari and Coach Pitino now square off as "teacher vs. student" maybe a Coach Calipari and Coach Pastner match up isn't too far behind either.

FROM NECESSARY ROUGHNESS

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