Stoudamire likely to remain at UA

2014-05-18T00:00:00Z 2014-10-01T14:02:28Z Stoudamire likely to remain at UA Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2014 12:00 am

When Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis finally hires a basketball coach, it isn’t apt to be Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire.

The way it works, especially at long-suffering OSU, is that De Carolis’ priorities will be 1) win the press conference and 2) protect himself.

It will be much safer for De Carolis to hire Montana coach Wayne Tinkle, a Big Sky winner who comes from the West’s “Cradle of Coaches,” Montana, a school that has produced Mike Montgomery, Larry Krystkowiak and Stew Morrill. Plus, Tinkle has Pac-12 blood; he grew up near Pullman, Washington, and his daughter played volleyball at Stanford.

Tinkle, 48, will win the press conference. He has the bearing (he is 6 feet 8 inches tall) and pedigree: he played in the EuroLeague for 12 years. Collegebasketballinsider.com this season named him the “Sexiest Man in College Basketball.”

De Carolis’ official job posting said the next Beavers basketball coach must have 30 percent supervision/teaching skills; 20 percent vision/leadership; 10 percent budgetary oversight; 10 percent equipment management; 10 percent fundraising ability.

I don’t doubt that Tinkle, or Stoudamire, needs all of those skills. But De Carolis missed it on one item. He lists recruiting ability at “20 percent.”

The real number is that recruiting ability is 75 percent, minimum, and all the others are secondary. It’s like the old Yogi Berra line that baseball is “90 percent pitching and 50 percent hitting.” Or something like that.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 67-78
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 60-55
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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