UA assistant Damon Stoudamire has been mentioned as a candidate for Oregon State’s coaching vacancy ever since the Beavers fired Craig Robinson on May 5.
It might make sense, considering Stoudamire is from Oregon, owns a home in Portland and played in the NBA for the Trail Blazers for eight years — but that doesn’t mean it’s happening, he said.
OSU assistant Doug Stewart will run the team until a hire is made, the school announced Thursday.
“The thing about it is, me being from Oregon is probably going to have a lot of legs,” Stoudamire told the Star on Thursday night at the Arizona Road Tour stop in Tubac. “To be honest with you, there hasn’t been a whole lot of dialogue.
“I think that if it moves forward, if there’s something to talk about, I could probably tell you a little bit more. But at the moment I can’t really tell you nothing, because there’s nothing to tell.”
Stoudamire joined Sean Miller’s staff as an assistant coach before last season, that coming after three years on Josh Pastner’s staff in Memphis and two as an assistant with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. The former UA star has plenty of Pac-12 experience, too — he was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and a 1995 co-Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Stoudamire said he wants to be a head coach someday — “No question; that’s the goal, that’s why I’m doing this. I would love to see how it feels to be a head coach,” he said — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be in Corvallis.
“I think the timing of Coach Robinson being fired and everything kinda seeming like it makes a lot of sense,” he said, “I think it’s probably why my name is out there a lot. But sometimes I say in life, some things that make a whole lot of sense don’t make sense at all. So, that’s why I’m saying that there’s nothing really to say at this point.”
Also at the Road Tour event was UA football coach Rich Rodriguez, who touched on Thursday’s news that the Pac-12 football championship game would be played at Levi’s Stadium — the San Francisco 49ers’ new home.
“Well it’s not a big surprise,” Rodriguez said. “They mentioned it to us as a possibility, but I’m just trying to get a first down. I’m not worried about that at all.”