Josh Pastner leaves Memphis

Deal in place to become new coach at Georgia Tech

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN and other media reports, Memphis is seeking at $10.6 million buyout with no offset clause in his contract.  But after compiling a 167-73 record during the past seven seasons, his Tigers did not reach the NCAA Tournament the last two years.

Combine that with not producing quality talent in recruiting and many other players that decided to transfer, the crowds decided not to show up like they did during John Calipari’s final year when Memphis was flirting with a perfect regular season in 2007-08 (of course, their trip to that year’s championship game was later vacated by the NCAA due to some players missing test scores).  The Memphis administration knew the writing on the wall even before their ACC Tournament appearance in Orlando.

Pastner takes over for Brian Gregory, as he attempts to bring the Atlanta based school respectability in the hotly contested ACC.  The Wrambling Wreck have not appeared in the NCAA Tournament during the last five years, so it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the next seven months.

Valparaiso fills coaching vacancy, stays in-house

Matt Lottich is slated to be the new head coach at Valparaiso University.  A deal is in place according to and other multiple media outlets that reported on Thursday afternoon.  Lottich has been a Valpo assistant during the last three seasons in helping the Crusaders reach the NIT final game recently.  The one-time Stanford player takes over for Bryce Drew, who signed on for six years to be the coach at Vanderbilt University.  Valpo loses a few key pieces but hopes to retool and reload for another competitive season in the Horizon League that saw Wisconsin-Green Bay surprise a lot of people in reaching the Big Dance and Oakland (Michigan) making waves out of their own at the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament.

I will have one final major update to close out this memorable 2015-2016 season sometime over the weekend highlighting the second annual men’s and women’s Player of the Year awards ceremony that is taking place in Los Angeles.

You can see the show tonight (Friday) starting at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2, with Rece Davis and one-time Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg hosting.

Enjoy your weekend, first one without college basketball until early November.


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