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January 18, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Pac-10 Notes: WSU’s Reggie Moore, Matt Arena and more

Lots of news and interesting tidbits this morning on the Pac-10 weekly teleconference. Here’s the highlights:
Oregon coach Dana Altman:

(On senior forward Joevan Catron who missed the past two games)
“He’s the heart and soul of our team. … He’s probably 50-50 (to play Saturday at Oregon State).”
(On possibly tweaking Matt Arena’s new court, which has drawn some criticisms because the midcourt line is barely visible) “If it is, I’m sure we can make some kind of an adjustment especially if the officials have any problems with it. It’s not visible on TV. It is tough to see, but it’s tough to see on a lot of courts. So we’re within the rules, but if we need to make some adjustments and the officials have some problems with it, I’m sure we can do some touching up to make it more visible.”

USC coach Kevin O’Neill:
(On Alex Stepheson’s inconsistencies) “When Al doesn’t get the ball versus zones or whatever it might be, he kind of quits working a little bit. It’s one of those things where if we don’t have everybody giving an all-out effort all the time, it’s hard for us. So we need him to be a little bit more consistent with his effort.”
(On Matt Arena) “The only thing I would say is they got to put a center line on the floor. I wouldn’t have known if somebody was over and back or whatever. It’s a beautiful facility obviously. I really didn’t like that the opening game was during a Pac-10 conference game. I think it’s really a competitive disadvantage. I would say that about any stadium opening or any arena opening. I’d prefer they run those outside the conference season. … To me it was a little bit different. … You sit in the locker room for 40 minutes longer than necessary. It’s not why we loss. We loss because we played bad, but it’s a whole different set of things to deal with.”
Washington State Ken Bone
(On Reggie Moore who is indefinitely suspended) “He’s been suspended indefinitely and him and I will meet here within the next 24 hours and take it from there.”
(On if Moore could play Thursday) “Yes he could.”
(On how he doles out discipline) “Over the years I’ve taken every situation that I can recall and I’ve always tried to isolate it to the person and the issue and the situation. Because everyone is a little different and this one (Moore) is very different. It’s a legal matter and we’ve handled it in a professional way. And we’re taking it – I don’t want to say day by day – but as I was able to gather information and get details and confirm those details, not much has changed. But I wanted to make sure I knew exactly the right story before disciplining him and suspending him.”

(Why is it very different?)
“Every situation is different. This one for instance happened in a dorm room, which he was not present. So that’s different than any situation I’ve ever experienced in 20-something years of coaching.”
California coach Mike Montgomery:
(On the Pac-10 race)
“It’s pretty balanced. We haven’t played the Oregons, we haven’t played the LA schools so I haven’t seen everybody going through. Just based on what Washington was able to do here, they looked awfully good. I would be surprised if they lost 4-5 games in the conference to be honest with you. I would think of everybody in the league they would be a team that would possibly have a pretty good record. I think the rest of everybody, a lot of things can happen. It’s really hard to say. It could be everybody with several losses. I don’t know if anybody really stands out yet.”
— Montgomery said a foot problem has limited senior forward Markhuri Sanders-Frison’s ability to practice and adversely affected his conditioning.
UCLA coach Ben Howland
(On the Pac-10 race)
“Think clearly Washington is out front. … They looked really good. They’re the ones that everyone is chasing right now.”
(On OSU guard Jared Cunningham) “He’s really athletic. I watched their game against SC after we played on Saturday and he played well in that game. I was super impressed with him coming into our game. The kid has really made a huge jump from his freshman year to his sophomore year, which you often times see in college. He’s stronger. He’s very explosive. He’s very quick. He has a good understanding of anticipating passes. I don’t always equate getting a lot of steals with being a good defender … but in that 1-3-1, he really creates a lot of havoc. … He is spectacular. He’s one of the best players in our conference.”
(On Matt Arena) “When you’re there in person it really is an interesting and cool look. It looks different on TV than it does in person and part of that is when you’re trying to find the basketball and you have so much brown and orange in that paint it’s harder to find the ball at times watching on TV. In person, it’s spectacular. … The facility in general is awesome. It’s just beautiful.”
(On Matt Arena’s midcourt line) “As long as the officials can do their job, I’m not worried about it. You can see the two thin lines. It’s not easy, but it’s there.”
(On Sunday games) “I would rather not play on Sundays, but that being said when we talk to our friends at Fox that’s when they get the best ratings nationally for our games. So that’s one of the big things we’re trying to do as a conference is get national recognition and national exposure. I’ve said yes every time they’ve asked us to do it because I want to do what’s best for our exposure and for our conference.”
(What are your aversions to playing on Sunday?) “It’s based on religion. I would like to have in college one day that these kids can have off completely from school and from practice is Sunday. It’s nice when you can give your team, you play Saturday and they have Sundays off. It gives them an opportunity if they want to go to church. And also there’s no school. There’s no other requirements for them to do anything.”
(On travel problems after the Oregon game) “Fog in San Francisco. We were actually in Eugene’s airport from 6 a.m. until about 11:40. Then we had another 3 1/2-hour stint in in San Francisco because we missed our connection. And we couldn’t get out of Oregon. Our game was over at 4 o’clock on Saturday and we couldn’t get out. There were no flights. The only flight was available, the last one to LA from the state of Oregon was from the Portland airport at 6 o’clock and we weren’t going to be able to make that. Originally they had a flight nine months ago leaving Eugene at 6, but they canceled it. So that was unfortunate. … We got back to campus around 7 o’clock Sunday night.”

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