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 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Stanford
11/6 8:00 pm
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Denver at
Stanford
12/13 4:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
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