Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pastner Addresses Boosters

Coach says U of M Team could "take a step back."

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 3:04 PM

University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner says fans should be prepared for the team to possibly "take a step back" before he gets the program back on solid footing.

In a letter to members of the Rebounders boosters club, Pastner, who replaced John Calipari as coach, vows to "do things the right way, and that begins by building a strong foundation from the grassroots up."

The text of the letter: "First off, I wanted to thank all of you for your tremendous support for not only myself, but for the entire Tiger Basketball program. I've said this before but I will say it again because it is the absolute truth: this is YOUR team, the city's team.

"We are going to do things the right way and that begins by building a strong foundation, from the grassroots on up. This isn't something that will happen overnight because we won't cut corners. It may even be the type of situation where we have to take a step back in order to get two or three steps ahead.

"I can assure you that we will always be positive, loyal, principled, energized and enthusiastic. There are great things ahead for Tiger Basketball and I appreciate all that you do to help make this one of the best programs in the country.

"Go Tigers!!!

Josh Pastner"


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