Stoudamire: Not a lot of dialogue about Oregon State job

2014-05-16T00:00:00Z 2014-05-16T13:35:58Z Stoudamire: Not a lot of dialogue about Oregon State jobBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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.”

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
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

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Washington at
1/25 56-77
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
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
1/30 8:00 pm
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