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Arizona Wildcats social media reactions: Stoudamire reportedly leading Oregon State candidate

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How will Arizona Wildcats fans react to one of their legendary players coaching a Pac-12 rival school? It looks like we’ll find out if reports are true indicating that Damon Stoudamire — “Mighty Mouse” — is the front-runner for the Oregon State job because Ben Howland withdrew his name from consideration. Oregon State athletic Bob De Carolis reached out to Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne and Stoudamire over the weekend and into Monday, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

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Damon Stoudamire may coach against Arizona next season with Oregon State

Damon Stoudamire may coach against Arizona next season with Oregon State

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Mike DeCourcy, of The Sporting News, offered an interesting Tweet about the situation, mentioning better jobs may come open next season. DeCourcy and Arizona coach Sean Miller have a good relationship. Perhaps DeCourcy knows it will be difficult for Miller to have to coach and recruit against Stoudamire because of their ties to Arizona? While at Iowa, Steve Alford coached against his alma mater Indiana for eight seasons. When Alford returned to Assembly Hall for the first time to coach against Bob Knight in 2000, he was quoted as saying: “This is a special place. Basketball is special at this institution. It gave me chills seeing Indiana on the chest.”


A video Arizona put together when Stoudamire joined Miller’s staff before last season.

The Oregonian has Stoudamire with the best odds to land the Oregon State job, pointing out the former NBA guard does not come with a steep price tag. Stoudamire earned more than $100 million in his pro career. Money is secondary to him. Interesting to note that former NBA coach Eric Musselman, an assistant at ASU, is also in the running.

In case you missed it last week, Arizona Daily Star reporter Bruce Pascoe interviewed Miller about the possibility of Stoudamire landing the Oregon State job after Craig Robinson was fired. Miller described Stoudamire as a “home run hire for anybody”.

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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