Josh Paster to stay at Memphis despite missing NCAAs again

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 2:44 p.m. ET

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis is sticking with coach Josh Pastner even though the school missed the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.

University President David Rudd and athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement Friday that the school will ''make the necessary investments and changes'' so it can ''compete at the highest level'' with Pastner as coach. If Memphis fired Pastner, he would have been owed $10.6 million.

Pastner has a 167-73 record, with four NCAA Tournament bids in seven years. But the Tigers have gone a combined 37-29 without any NCAA invitations the last two seasons.

Memphis went 19-15 this season and lost 72-58 to Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference championship game.


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