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USC, UCLA out of luck as Josh Pastner reportedly agrees to extension with Memphis

Mar 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT


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It appears that Memphis coach Josh Pastner will not fill either of the job vacancies at USC or UCLA, as the 35-year-old coach has reportedly agreed in principle a contract extension with the Tigers.

Pastner led Memphis to a 31-5 season and undefeated mark in the C-USA. The Tigers beat Saint Mary’s in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament, but lost to Michigan State, 70-48, in the next round.

“I love Memphis,” Pastner told “I love my president, Dr. Shirley Raines. I love my athletic director, Tom Bowen. I love Tiger Nation. And I love my team. My focus has always been on Memphis.”

USC has now lost out on two candidates that were once considered targets to fill the spot that was vacated by Kevin O’Neill midway through the season and that has since been filled on an interim basis by assistant Bob Cantu. Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was considered a candidate but recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at Pittsburgh through the 2022-23 season.

Pastner staying put means Memphis will reap the benefits of the high-level recruiting class that he has put together for the Tigers first season in the soon-to-be-renamed Big East in 2013-14. The class consists of five players, four of whom are among the Top 100 in the nation. The most high-profile among them is 6-8 power forward Austin Nichols, a Tennessee native who is in the nation’s Top 25.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. funktron2x - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Arizona fans are plenty pleased with this! Josh at UCLA would be sad and hella uncomfortable.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      ‘Cats fans should be happier with any other coach at UCLA than Howland. His team was inconsistent, lost to teams he should’ve beaten, and flamed out in the tournament, but he was 3-for-3 against Arizona this year.

  2. dalucks - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I guess college basketball head coaches do not have buyout clauses in their contracts like college football head coaches.

  3. pacific123ocean - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I disagree…both teams are very lucky. Pastner is a great recruiter, but an average or below average coach.

  4. imforbigblue - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    He is not a Good coach he only wins 30 games a year because c-usa is a joke and they beat up on them. Put them in the sec or acc or big 10 and there middle of the road at best. MSU showed them what they really are NO GOOD

  5. gatordontplay - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    im sorry imforbigblue this is an ncaa tournament blog keep your nit intelligence out.. aleast he made the tournament dumbass

  6. urfinished - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Sounds like Shaka said no thanks to UCLA as well. Parity rules. Like it or not, one championship since Wooden. They are not the same program they were 30 years ago.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Assuming UCLA actually talked to either coach. It sounds like their respective schools quickly offered them extensions as a preemptive strike to keep them from considering other positions.

  7. gatordontplay - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    at least we made the tournament dumbass.. we didnt have our best season but we didnt lose to a robbert Morris.. it must suck for you to watch your rivals Louisville, Florida and Indiana march to the final 4 while you’re watching NIT ball.. what happen to the best coach best recruits and greatest program of all time? hahaha

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