UA basketball: Stoudamire speaks on Oregon State speculation

2014-05-15T18:51:00Z 2014-10-01T14:02:28Z UA basketball: Stoudamire speaks on Oregon State speculationBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

UA assistant Damon Stoudamire has been mentioned as a candidate for Oregon State's head 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.

"The thing about it is, me being from Oregon is probably going to have a lot of legs," Stoudamire told the Star tonight 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 the 1995 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 today'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
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
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 55-73
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 84-74
Colorado at
USC
1/29 84-74
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 59-69
California at
Washington State
1/29 59-69
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
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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