Memphis Coach John Pastner commits an NCAA violation, but he has bigger concerns

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John Pastner is a man with a lot on his plate, coaching a huge basketball school in Memphis. The stress of losing some of his assistants (among other things) led to him accidentally committing an NCAA violation. While on twitter he tweeted the name of recruit Tony Parker while trying to search for him. Coaches are not aloud to discuss recruits until they are officially signed, as a result Pastner will receive a minor slap on the wrist. But back to the stressful life of the coach, not only has he lost some coaches, but he said the main thing on his mind while trying to tweet was his screeching spouse.


“My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple’s infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she’s pregnant.

“So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, ‘What’s going on with recruiting?’ and ‘Who am I going to hire?’ and I made a mistake.”


Thanks to Deadspin for supplying the quote. Now John Pastner and Memphis will not have to deal with too much of a penalty. They will most likely just have to have a quick meeting with NCAA officials. The main concern of everyone is probably the wrath of Pastner’s wife, now that is something to be afraid of.