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May 8, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Interesting Arizona, UCLA news

Lute Olson’s return has far from stabilized matters at Arizona.
Instead, it seems to have only made things more chaotic, as Gary Parrish of Sportsline.com details. Along with the soap opera surrounding Olson’s divorce proceedings, matters are just as messy on-court. Parrish says Chase Budinger is almost certain to be gone and that star recruit Brandon Jennings has some serious academic hurdles to leap to become eligible — losing those two would almost certainly make Arizona a bottom-tier team heading into the season for the first time in 25 years.
And Arizona’s coaching staff is also in upheaval as rising star assistant Josh Pastner appears headed to a similar position at Memphis.
Olson earlier jettisoned assistant Miles Simon, one of the stars of the 1997 NCAA title team, with Simon saying later he was given no explanation.
There’s some thought that if Pastner goes to Memphis, he may take highly-touted recruit Abdul Gaddy of Bellarmine Prep with him — Gaddy is rumored to be waffling on his commitment due in part to all the uncertainty in Tucson.
Gaddy is scheduled to take his official visit to Arizona this weekend but Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen wonders how that will go if there’s no assistant there to ferry him around.
— UCLA, meanwhile, could be the next destination for 6-10, 275-pound center J’Mison Morgan, who has signed with LSU but now wants out of that LOI after the firing of John Brady and hiring of former Stanford coach Trent Johnson. Here’s another take on that story. UCLA already is welcoming in a four-man recruiting class considered by many the best in the nation.

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