Memphis coach makes best play of game
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Memphis coach Josh Pastner wanted to call a defensive set.
He really, really, really wanted to call a defensive set.
The young coach, who’s somehow in his fourth season at Memphis yet is still just 35 years old, was the showstopper in the first half of Saturday’s third-round game against Michigan State. With his Tigers on defense, Pastner did a double-hop preen on the sideline to get his players’ attention.
Things that Josh Pastner looked like he was doing rather than coaching:
1. Imitating the velociraptor that kills Newman in Jurassic Park.
2. Playing the role of someone who’s about to feel regret when he realizes that other coaches stoically hold up a finger to call the same play.
3. The Coming to America welcome dance for Prince Akeem.
4. A man overexcited that the stadium DJ was playing the chorus of YMCA.
5. Imitating a randy peacock.
His players got the message. A few minutes later, Memphis got this hop-tastic block on a Spartans shot.
Someone on the Memphis team has crazy ups and it’s not the guy doing jumping jacks on the sideline.
Thanks to Bleacher Report and The Big Lead for the .gifs.