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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

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April 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Quick-hitters on Tuesday’s Pac-12 hoops goings-on

When college basketball season ends in March, it doesn’t really end. It merely morphs into the multiple events of spring, many of which are pivotal to a team’s prospects the next season. So Tuesday, we had a whirl of news on the Pac-12 front. A few takes: * Cal hires Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. It’s a move that…

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April 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Shocker at Cal: Bears hire Cuonzo Martin away from Tennessee

Just when it appeared that California was backed against a wall and forced to make another debatable athletic decision, the Bears are about to announce the hire of Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. The name comes straight out of leftfield, after a couple of weeks’ search in which retiring coach Mike Montgomery lobbied hard for the…

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April 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Post-season ban for UNLV and Hauck, Neuheisel’s old aide

NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores have caught up with the Nevada-Las Vegas football program and head coach Bobby Hauck, who was a secondary and special-teams coach under Rick Neuheisel and Washington before going on to become head coach at Montana. Here’s a Las Vegas Review-Journal story detailing the shortfall, which…

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April 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Hoops, 2014-15: Maybe the pack will come back to the Huskies

With some key stay-or-go-to-the-NBA decisions still looming, as well as the loopy graduate-transfer period of college free agency, the health of Pac-12 hoops for 2014-15 looks to be in limbo for a while. Still, it appears we can say this much: The league doesn’t figure to be as robust as it was in 2013-14, when six…

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April 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Kelly Graves to Oregon: What to make of it

University of Oregon has announced the hire of women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves, who had an eminently successful 14-year run at Gonzaga. A few thoughts: * Graves’ move is the sort that was expected for years by the Gonzaga men’s coach, Mark Few. In fact, Oregon wooed Few several years back when it hired Dana Altman,…

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April 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Insta-reaction on the NCAA title game and the tournament

Back in 1998, coming home from the Final Four in San Antonio, I happened to see then-Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun at a airport gate, waiting for his flight home. His team hadn’t been there; he was in the city attending the national coaches convention in conjunction with college hoops’ climactic event. I couldn’t help but…

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April 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

In praise of Monty, hanging it up after 45 years . . .

You know Mike Montgomery must have won a lot of games, because there’s the inevitable debate about just how many. That’s the way it is with coaching legends. Only through considerable research and debate did our paper settle on a number of wins for Marv Harshman, and that’s how it is for Monty. Sports-reference.com has…

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