Lots of good stuff from Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner on Evan Daniels’ new podcast today.
For the Kentucky crowd, Pastner raved about John Calipari, who he worked under and then replaced at Memphis. He said Cal is “a polarizing figure” and “you’ve gotta be crazy to follow him,” which he did when Cal left for Kentucky.
In my favorite part of the show, Pastner talked about Calipari’s marketing ability and business acumen:
“If he started a pizza joint on a street corner, he would become a millionaire off of that,” Pastner said of his old boss. “He is so smart. His marketing skills are as good as they are around anything in college basketball. His business savvy is so — it’s unreal.”
“He should be on Shark Tank… He’s so smart, he’s like (Mark) Cuban and those guys in how smart he is and the way he can run companies.”
Other fun stuff from Pastner’s interview:
— When Calipari took the UK job, Pastner was all set to join him as an assistant coach. “I was excited to go to Kentucky. I was so pumped up and I was recruiting for Kentucky after he said he was going.”
— Pastner had already turned his office keys in to leave Memphis when the Memphis AD called him in to offer him the head coaching job. Up until that moment, he had always felt bad for whoever would have to follow Coach Cal.
— Pastner also reminded listeners of the helicopters surrounding Calipari’s Memphis home when he was considering the Kentucky job. “When he took it, the city was in absolute mourning. It was unreal. People were so depressed… They did not want Cal to leave.”
Listen to more fun Pastner stories in the podcast: