Memphis conducts investigation into athletic department

Memphis conducts investigation into athletic department

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The University of Memphis in investigating a possible conflict of interest involving the athletic department.

Recently, allegations have surfaced that Athletic Director Tom Bowen and Head Men's Basketball Coach Josh Pastner made a deal for Pastner's contract while both had the same agent.

U of M President M. David Rudd released a statement confirming the investigation. It reads:

"The University of Memphis has been made aware of the accusations, and in accordance with University and TBR policies, will immediately launch a comprehensive investigation. The University is in the process of retaining an outside source to conduct the review. Upon completion, a public statement will be made concerning the findings."

Earlier this month, the university affirmed that Josh Pastner will remain as head coach for the upcoming season after a "comprehensive review of the men's basketball team" was completed.

Pastner is owed $10.9 million over the next four years—a salary that is guaranteed whether he is the head coach or not. If the allegations are true, each side may have agreed to the terms while going through the same agent.

Former sports agent Kyle Rote, Jr., said that while it is not uncommon for agents to represent both coaches and administrators, very few do.

WMC Action News 5 issued a Freedom of Information request to the university earlier this month seeking more information on the allegations.The university has not yet addressed that request.

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