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April 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Gottlieb: Pac-10 to be “terrible” next year

I’ve been spending much of the day listening to the new all-sports radio station in town, 710 ESPN Seattle, and one of the guests on the “Brock and Salk” show, featuring former UW QB Brock Huard, was ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb.
And in a discussion on who Washington State might hire as its new basketball coach, Gottlieb tossed off the assertion that “the Pac-10 is going to be brutal next year, just terrible.”
Is that too harsh of an assessment? Just more East Coast bias (though worth noting in this case Gottieb actually grew up in California)?
Maybe not.
Consider that it’s possible that only two of the 10 members of the All-Pac-10 team this year return next season — Cal’s Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle.
Even this year, when the conference took so many hits to early entry to the NBA, there were three returnees of the top 10 members of the All-Pac-10 team (which was split into three five-man teams last year).
It’s also possible/likely just seven of the top 20 scorers from this season will return — this year there were nine.
And obviously the two teams that have long been the marquee schools in the conference — UCLA and Arizona — appear to have some rebuilding to do (and pretty significant rebuilding in the case of the Wildcats) — further dampening the image of the conference.
It all means fans of Pac-10 teams may just have to accept that heading into next season with the conference again having something to prove to a doubting nation.
MORE ON ARIZONA HIRE — Also, here’s a good overview of the apparent hiring of Sean Miller at Arizona by Jon Wilner, who spent a long time covering UA athletics and has a good pulse on the situation there.

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