Pastner: Fans need to show up, even to 'boo me'

Pastner: Fans need to show up, even to 'boo me'

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Tigers basketball season has not gone according to plan, but there is one glaring issue that could cost the school.

The Tigers sit at just 15-12 on the season and attendance numbers are low.

However, there is a chance for fans to help the Tigers athletic department pull in a bit of cash.

The University of Memphis could collect $480,000 from the Grizzlies if they can average just over 6,800 fans in their final two home games.

Head coach Josh Pastner wants to encourage fans to show up to the FedExForum.

"If you want to boo me, then boo me," Pastner said. "But it's very important to the University we hit that number."

Tigers fans will get a chance to do just that Thursday when their team plays SMU at the Forum at 6 p.m.

Last week, Pastner addressed questions about his job security by saying the blame should fall on his shoulders and that he believes his team can win the American Athletic Conference tournament if they shore up their defense.

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