Asked if he had had any communication with Arizona representatives about the job, Pastner declined to offer a direct confirmation, though his comments suggested as much.
“It’s natural,” he said. “I played there, and I coached there. I was part of a team that won a national championship. They were casting a wide net, and they were having conversations with guys who played there and coached there and guys who never played there. I just think they cast a wide net.”
Tech and Pastner have initiated conversations about extending his contract, which is set to expire at the end of the 2022-23 season.
“The goal is to try to get us back in the NCAA Tournament next year,” Pastner said. “That’s been our focus. Nothing has changed on that.”