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Will Pastner stay or will he leave Memphis?

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With a third-round exit in the 2013 NCAA Men's Div. I Basketball Tournament on Saturday, there is already speculation that Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner could be on the way out the door.

Though the university is working on a contract extension, coaches' contracts aren't worth the paper they're printed on. If and when an  extension comes, it certainly wouldn't stop Pastner from leaving for another job.

People are talking because there are job openings at two high-profile PAC 12 schools in USC and UCLA. Pastner, of course, has PAC 12 ties, due to his time at Arizona.

Pastner is in the second year of a five-year deal that's paying him in the neighborhood of $1.7 million annually. He's likely to get a nice raise after leading the Tigers to a 31-win season, and their first NCAA tournament win since 2009.

Not that it guarantees anything, but keep this in mind, the Tigers have a ton of talent coming back next fall, not to mention an incoming class of freshman rated as the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation.

In his four years with the Tigers, Coach Pastner has won more games (106) than any coach four years into their tenures at Memphis.

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