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April 1, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Morning links: Pac-12 coaching carousel starts spinning

Mike Montgomery retires. Ernie Kent returns.

The Pac-12 lost a legend Monday when Montgomery called it quits on a 32-year Hall of Fame coaching career.

The conference also said hello again to Kent, who rejoins his old boss Bill Moos at Washington State after their successful collaboration at Oregon State years ago.

Here’s what the pundits had to say about the comings and goings.


Bud Withers spoke to Kent and asked if he had the energy for a second act. The 59-year-old coach said: “I’m a workaholic. … I wanted to work harder than any head coach, so when this day comes, it’s an easy transition back. I sleep maybe 4½ hours a night. If I get six, I’m sick.”

— On his last day as Cal coach, Montgomery lobbied hard for assistant Travis DeCuire as his successor.

— San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ann Killion point out Montgomery never returned to the top of the college basketball world after ha left Stanford. She writes: “But Montgomery never re-created the heights he reached at Stanford. His career illustrated the fine line between a legend and a good coach. And, in retrospect, Montgomery crossed that line when he left Stanford in 2004.”

— San Jose Mercury-News columnist Mark Purdy believes Montgomery never got his due. He writes: “If college sports were bigger in the Bay Area, which is chiefly a pro market, perhaps more people would have appreciated the work Montgomery did during all those hours. Not that he was unappreciated. But during each of those winning seasons at Stanford (where he worked from 1986-2004) and at Cal (where he coached from 2008-14), the general viewpoint from the average Northern California sports fan was: Yup, Monty’s got another pretty good team. Not a surprise. Now, when’s the NFL draft?”

— Montgomery made college basketball relevant while reviving a once-dormant Stanford team.

— Montana State will hire Brian Fish as men’s basketball coach, which plucks the lead assistant away from Oregon’s staff.

— Oregon State decided last week it will retain Craig Robinson, but he’ll start the 2014-15 season firmly on the hot seat.

— Even if Arizona loses Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon, the Pac-12 player of year and rookie of the year respectively, the defending conference regular-season champion Wildcats are ready to reload for another league title.

— This is the last week for the NBA D-League and a pair of former Washington standouts Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy. Suggs acquitted himself well with several eye-popping performances, including a 30-point outing. Last week, he made the highlight clips with a nice finish on an alley-oop dunk (video below). Through 44 games, he’s the second-leading scorer (17.8 points per game) with the Erie BayHawks, a NBA D-League team. Suggs also ranks 23rd in the league in scoring. Meanwhile, Gaddy has been consistent in 46 games with the Maine Red Claws. He’s averaged 8.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds.

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