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
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
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