That's right. Pastnet, 31, was an assistant at Arizona the past six years. He, like Barbee, was also an assistant for a time under Calipari.
Not choosing Barbee, who has three years of head coaching on his resume, says something — but it is something that has to be translated.
Barbee has improved UTEP's record each year: from 14-17 to 19-14 to 23-14 this year. Why go with a 31-year-old assistant? And it can be surmised, without much argument, that Barbee would have taken the Memphis job, if offered.
Now there's a slight chance, as mentioned here previously, that Caliari might offer Barbee an assistant's job under him at Kentucky. We've been debating that for two weeks now. Would he go? Why is it better to stay here?
We don't know if there'll be an offer, and we don't know if Barbee would even accept an offer. I say he takes the Kentucky job, if he can.
Yes, the Miners improved. I'm not sure they'll be much better next year. Some of the new transfers — who quit or were run out of other schools — would have to make a great contribution. And there's the big question of who will be the Miner to direct the offense. This year the team could always go to senior Stefon Jackson. Can Julyan Stone (great at assists) be the glue that keeps the shootists togethker as a team?
I say Barbee should go, if he can. If not, well, I realize there are a lot of posters here that think he'll do a great job next season.