He, supposedly, was born to be a basketball coach, and according to some Memphis fans he’s the next John Wooden. This all helps perpetuate the myth of Josh Pastner: Next Great Coach, but the fact is, he’s average at best.
In the five years under Pastner since that time, the Tigers have won two NCAA Tournament games. Archie Miller of Dayton has won two this year in his third year. Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee has won three this year in his third year at Tennessee.
Pastner is supposed to be a great recruiter, but most of his big-time recruits are born and raised in Memphis — kids who already want to go to the University of Memphis. Outside of the city of Memphis, Pastner’s recruiting acumen has been poor. His best get was Will Barton (No. 6 ranked recruit) four years ago while missing out on every other Top 10 recruit who lives outside of Memphis. Memphis is a hotbed of high school talent, and just about any coach at the University of Memphis is going to get Memphis born talent; that’s the way it’s always been.
Pastner has won 75 percent of his games in his five years as coach of the Memphis Tigers. But a closer look at those numbers will reveal he’s 5-19 against the AP Top 25. The numbers will reveal that 90 percent of his wins have come against teams far outside the RPI Top 50 and most have come against the RPI Top 100. Pastner simply overwhelmed Conference USA teams with Memphis born talent during his first four years.
So, as the Tigers head into another disappointing offseason, Tiger fans would be best served from cutting the man away from the myth. They have five years of disappointing results to look at to build the real story.
This guy seems to hate Josh Pastner and points out that even his “positive” qualities, are actually not as impressive as they seem. But he fails to mention the positives forgetting that he kept a decimated program rationally relative, has had zero ZERO off the court problems at a place where that has been historically unheard of, and is actually a guy that is easy to like.
Plus his suggestion is to resolve the problem by cutting the man away from the myth does he realize that the university couldn’t do that if they wanted too. The man makes 2.9 million dollars and has made the tournament 4 years in a row. That would be unheard of.
So yes, Josh Pastner has underperformed with highly regarded recruiting classes. Yes the majority of 75% winning record came in a terrible Conference USA. And yes it is exhausting to hear him continue to tell the media his accomplishments are better than they really are and failures are not as bad as they seem. But firing Pastner? Thats silly. Pastner does face some really pressure–but it isn’t job Pastner. He has a great contract and has accomplished too much for the university to even think of firing him.
But if Pastner would like his life to be a little easier in the off seasons, he might want to see if he can put a post-season run together in the near future.