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June 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

UW ranks third among Pac-12 coaching jobs

ESPN is ranking the top coaching jobs in the nation by conference and gives high marks to Washington in the Pac-12, while Washington State ranks last.
It should come as no surprise UCLA is No. 1 followed by Arizona. A panel of 14 contributors voted in the rankings.
Here’s ESPN’s take on UW: “The Huskies have managed to create a niche in the Pac-12, accruing NBA-level players and competing against the Pac-12’s best. Retention has been an issue for U-Dub, but it will continue to draw top players based on the reputation that Lorenzo Romar has established during his tenure. The state’s top school has access to an underrated market in Seattle, where numerous current and soon-to-be NBA players were raised. There’s certainly viable competition nearby with the other Pacific Northwest schools, including Gonzaga, pursuing the same talent. But Romar has a good job that offers the tools necessary to build a program.”
Here’s ESPN’s list: 1. UCLA, 2. Arizona, 3 Washington, 4. California, 5. Oregon, 6. Stanford, 7. USC, 8. Colorado, 9. ASU, 10. Utah, 11. Oregon State. 12. Washington State.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LINKS
— Former UW stars Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. are two of 60 players invited to compete at the NBA combine, which begins tomorrow in Chicago. ESPN3 is providing video of Thursday’s and Friday’s action.
— Third-year coach Tad Boyle is working hard to turn Colorado into a basketball school. He’s building momentum with CU fans, scheduling difficult non-conference opponents like Kansas in a two-year home-and-home deal and wants to sell out every game. The Buffaloes averaged 7,804 fans last season, which is a 68 percent increase from the 2008-09 season before Boyle was hired.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller has joined Twitter.
— Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson, who sat out last season due to academic reasons, told the Arizona Republic he believes his up-tempo game will mesh well with coach Herb Sendek’s half-court oriented philosophy.
— Former All-American Mark Madsen returns to Stanford and begins a coaching career as a member of Johnny Dawkins’ staff.
— CBSsports.com Jeff Goodman previews the Pac-12 and predicts Washington will finish fifth in the conference. His top three (UCLA, Arizona and Stanford) are no surprise, but he believes USC, which was 12th last season at 1-17 and 6-26 overall, will finish fourth.
— Washington had the fourth-highest distribution payout in 2010-11 from the old Pac-10 media rights deal — $9.9 million — according to Jon Wilner of the Mercury-News.

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