MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis gave coach Josh Pastner a pay raise last spring, and now he's giving back to the university with a donation to the Tigers' fundraising campaign to improve athletic facilities.
University officials announced Thursday that Pastner has donated $250,000. Athletic director Tom Bowen says it's the largest gift ever made by a Memphis coach.
Pastner has a rooting interest since part of the money will help build a new men's basketball practice and training facility for his 16th-ranked Tigers. Memphis increased his compensation to $2.65 million a year last spring.
Memphis is raising $40 million also for an indoor practice complex for football and a softball clubhouse
including indoor batting cages with improvements to other areas.
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Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.