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March 25, 2014 at 3:45 AM

Morning links: WSU coaching search enters Week 2

Former Oregon coach Ernie Kent has rumored to be a candidate for the Washington State opening. (AP Photo)

Former Oregon coach Ernie Kent has rumored to be a candidate for the Washington State opening. (AP Photo)

A week ago Washington State fired coach Ken Bone after five years with the Cougars.

At the time, athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement released by the school that he would move quickly to find a successor.

“We will begin the process of naming the next head coach immediately,” Moos said. “I will not be discussing details of the hiring process, only that I expect to name the new coach as soon as possible.”

A week has passed and the job remains open.

During a radio interview Tuesday, Moos said he’d like to make a hire in the next 10-14 days and expects it’ll happen before the NCAA tournament ends April 7.

Washington State joined a list of schools looking for a new basketball coach that include: Marquette, Houston, Wake Forest, Boston College, Auburn and South Florida.

It was speculated former WSU coach Kelvin Sampson might be an outside-the box candidate for the Cougars. However, it appears as if the Houston Rockets assistant could be in line to fill the opening with the Houston Cougars.

Moos might have taken a run at Dayton coach Archie Miller, who has guided the Flyers to the Sweet 16. Miller, a former assistant at Arizona for his brother Sean, is familiar with the Pac-12. However, Dayton locked up Miller to an extension. His contract expires in 2018-19.

It doesn’t appear as if former UCLA coach Ben Howland, who guided the Bruins to two Final Fours, is interested in the WSU job. The coaching carousal has began with Buzz Williams leaving Marquette for Virginia Tech.

Potential candidates for the WSU Cougars include: former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, Boise State coach Leon Rice, Montana coach Wayne Tinkle, and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg.


— You just knew the College Basketball Invitational was a bad idea for Oregon State. And yet the Beavers pursued a bid and spent $35,000 to host a game last week. They drew an announced crowd of 1,351 who witnessed the 96-92 defeat to Radford. Making matters worse, Oregon State lost $25,500 on the game due to paltry ticket sales.

— Per Jon Wilner, the Pac-12 Tournament title game drew 680,000 viewers on Fox Sports 1 while the Mountain West tournament championship game attracted 1.9 million on CBS.

San Diego State is standing between Arizona and the Elite Eight.

The Miller boys – Sean in Arizona and Archie in Dayton – are the talk of the NCAA tourney.

— Feels like not enough gets written about UCLA’s leading scorer Jordan Adams. The Los Angeles Times wrote a feature about the Bruins sophomore guard who is a self-described ‘silent assassin.’

— A year ago Dwight Powell turned down a chance to enter the NBA draft as an underclassmen with the hopes of returning to school and leading Stanford to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. Mission accomplished. The Cardinal are being celebrated after advancing to the Sweet 16.

Jabari Bird scored 19 points, David Kravish had 13 points and eight rebounds and No. 2 seed California beat No. 3 seed Arkansas 75-64 on Monday at Haas Pavilion to advance to the third round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Bears beat the Razorbacks earlier this season in the Maui Invitational in November. Even without center Richard Solomon (concussion), Cal got off to a running start on the way to its second successive postseason victory after stumbling into the tournament having lost four of five. The Bears led by 24 with 12:30 remaining before a late flurry by the Razorbacks trimmed the gap to single digits in the final minute. Cal (21-13) plays No. 1 seed SMU (24-9) in Dallas at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the right to advance to New York’s Madison Square Garden for a semifinal game next Tuesday.

— Here’s a review of Oregon’s season by the numbers.

— Utah junior guard Delon Wright, a Pac-12 first-team all-conference pick, is returning to school next season and will not opt for the NBA draft.

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