Dunlap latest ex-Wildcat staffer to lose head coaching job

2013-04-23T13:47:00Z 2013-04-23T13:53:32Z Dunlap latest ex-Wildcat staffer to lose head coaching jobBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2013 1:47 pm  • 

I figured it was worth noting before this season that five members of the Arizona Wildcats' interim staffs of 2007-08 and 2008-09 had become head coaches.

Now, with Mike Dunlap's quick ouster in Charlotte, three of those five have been fired.

First, Kevin O'Neill at USC during the season and then Russ Pennell at Grand Canyon after the season. The remaining two are Josh Pastner at Memphis and Reggie Geary at Yokohama, in the Japanese BJ League.

Dunlap, long regarded for his X-and-O's knowledge of the game, received support on Twitter from people such as Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy and departing UA walk-on Max Weipking, a native of the Denver area where Dunlap has had his biggest professional success.

 Dunlap was 21-61 in his only season with the Bobcats, though that was a 14-win improvement over 2011-12 -- when NBA teams played 16 fewer games because of the lockout. Charlotte won eight of its last 18 games under Dunlap.

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ESPN's Chad Ford says Aaron Gordon is a "bit of a tweener" now but still projects him in the Top 10 of the 2014 NBA Draft, while he also says Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a sleeper to go in the first round.

That's more evidence that the Wildcats could have more than a few holes to fill after next season...

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Here's the full news story on Josiah Turner's jailing and plea agreement, if you missed it and still care.

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Bay area big man Ivan Rabb, who faces an additional onslaught of recruiting attention when he finishes his sophomore year at Bishop O'Dowd, says he's still wide open. He says Arizona is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

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Jon Wilner is among those who figure Grant Jerrett's departure will have no effect on the Pac-12 race next season.

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Ken Davis has UA ranked No. 4 in his early 2013-14 projections.

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There are five former Arizona players in the NBA playoffs, and the Wildcats have now averaged 5.8 players in the playoffs over the past five years.

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