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As investigation looms, Pastner holds camp

Tiger head coach Josh Pastner Tiger head coach Josh Pastner

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - University of Memphis head basketball coach Josh Pastner kicked off a series of basketball camps Monday, as he continues to deal with his own challenge - an NCAA investigation.

While Pastner spent his day working to teach basketball's future stars, he said he was also working to get a message out to the sport's current stars.

"We have to get that message out to as many people as possible," Pastner said. "If you're watching this right here, tell every high school player, every high school coach, every summer league coach, every parents of prospects, that this will not effect the current team or the future of the program."

Pastner was referring to the NCAA's investigation that of a player, widely believed to be Derrick Rose, that allegedly cheated on a college entrance exam, while his friend received money in violation of regulations.

The investigation involves the '07-'08 basketball season, which was before Pastner came to the University.

"This will have nothing, zero effect on our current team, or the future of the program," he said.

The NCAA sent a letter to former Tiger Coach John Calipari saying he must participate in this week's hearings.
At the camp, 10-year-old Luke Moorehead attended two Tigers basketball camps under Coach Cal.  Moorehead seemed let down by Calipari, but encouraged by Coach Pastner.

"I didn't know really what Coach Cal was like, but my Dad's friends with one of Coach Pastner's friends and we just hear all these positive things about him," Moorehead said. "He just seems like a great guy."

Beyond making baskets, Pastner said he wants kids to learn the sportsmanship skills at his camp that will prevent their schools from getting a bad name.

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