Josh Pastner didn’t transfer, but he is leaving the University of Memphis for Georgia Tech. He is leaving for the head basketball coaching job at Georgia Tech University. A much needed fresh start for Coach Pastner and the University of Memphis.
For most of this season and last season, Coach Pastner has been under negative scrutiny from the media and the community of Memphis. It’s safe to say, that the Tigers program was heading in the wrong direction under Coach Pastner. Coach Pastner has, had some success at the University of Memphis, but the last two seasons have been terrible. The Tigers have missed the post season the last two seasons. Despite Josh’s winning record at the University of Memphis, his Tigers have never reached the Sweet Sixteen.
The fan base had given up on Pastner and the program. A lot of fans wanted the University of Memphis to fire Pastner and move in a new direction, but they decided to keep Josh and move forward. Pastner’s buyout was extremely high and the booster (that could write the check) didn’t want to pay a high number for a guy they still liked and consider a friend. Josh has a lot of supporters, because he is a very good guy. People love and respect Josh; he is a very good man. But being a good man doesn’t win you basketball games, his team was under achieving on the floor.
I believe Josh was doom from the start. Josh getting the Memphis job is similar to a parent a giving a 16 year a Bentley for their first car. The transmission has gone bad, because he didn’t know how to take care of car yet. Josh was not ready for an elite program and shouldn’t have replace Calipari. No one wanted to replace Coach Calipari and the university had to find a coach. Josh took the job, but you can blame him for taking the job. It would be hard for anyone to turn down a Bentley for their first car.
Josh getting the Georgia Tech job was a blessing for him and the University of Memphis. Josh gets a fresh at Georgia Tech. His job won’t be threaten for a while. Georgia Tech is not an easy job and Josh is going to struggle early; but he will be given time to right the ship at Georgia Tech.
The University of Memphis showed some discipline and didn’t pull the trigger on firing Josh and it worked out perfectly for them. The University of Memphis can now hire a new head basketball coach and hopefully save the program. The next coach at the University of Memphis has to be a homerun hire. The search is on and hopefully Tiger Nation will be satisfied with their next head coach.