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January 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Utah gives Josh Watkins the boot

It happened again.
A Pac-12 team took extreme disciplinary action and parted ways with one of its best players.
This time Utah dismissed senior guard Josh Watkins.
Two weeks ago Arizona State booted Keala King and UCLA kicked Reeves Nelson off the team in December.
Arizona indefinitely suspended freshman Sidiki Johnson while Oregon lost freshmen Jabari Brown and Bruce Barron.
Watkins, a 6-foot senior guard, led Utah in points (15.6 points per game), assists (4.8) and minutes (31.1).
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune: “The integrity of our program as a whole cannot be sacrificed for any individual. The well being of our program will always come first. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I really wish Josh well and I hope he remains at Utah to finish his degree.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s our story in today’s newspapers about the lack of experienced depth among Washington’s reserves.
— The Everett Herald takes another look at UW’s thin bench.
C.J. Wilcox told the News Tribune the first thing he thought of when told he had a stress fracture in his left hip was Scott Suggs, who had a similar injury.
Bud Withers examines the problems at Oregon State.
— Plenty of good information Doug Haller’s weekly look at the Pac-12 including a lead note on Washington’s Terrence Ross, power rankings and a look at five most improved players in the conference.
— ESPN’s Andy Katz takes notice of Oregon and writes the Ducks are contenders for the Pac-12 title.
— Former UCLA players speak glowingly of coach Ben Howland.
— In case you missed it, USC retired the No. 23 jersey of former great Harold Miner. Known as ‘Baby Jordan,’ he set USC career records with 2,048 points, a 23.5 scoring average and 19 30-point games from 1990-92.
— And finally, Cal’s play-by-play man Roxy Bernstein talked to KJR-AM (below) about Thursday’s game against Washington. He said the leading Pac-12 MVP candidates are Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez and UW’s Tony Wroten Jr.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, UCLA

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