Jack Murphy is the dude behind Josh Pastner. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
- Jeff Goodman of CBS tweets that Memphis assistant Jack Murphy might land the head coaching job at Northern Arizona while Bruce Pascoe and Paola Boivin have also confirmed the news on Twitter. Murphy is a 2002 Arizona alumn and did everything from team manager, to video coordinator, to director of operations while in Tucson under Lute Olson. Murphy, who worked with the Denver Nuggets and followed former Wildcat Josh Pastner to Memphis, is also the son-in-law of former UA athletic director and current UNLV AD Jim Livengood, which set up a weird meeting when UNLV, Memphis and Arizona were in Tulsa for last year's NCAA Tournament.
- Former Arizona Wildcats guard Gilbert Arenas told USA Today the back story that led to his gun charges as a member of the Washington Wizards. Apparently, he'd like to forget the days of Agent Zero in return for some peace as he charges into his 11th game with the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Here's the Basketball Prospectus' analysis of Kaleb Tarczewski's game at the Nike Hoops Summit. Briefly, this is to say he has a longer way to go than most Wildcat fans anticipate. While his No. 5 overall ranking is good and all, he'll need to do a lot to avoid being the next Kyryl Natyazhko. I say that not as a prediction, but only as a reminder not to freak out if he's riding the bench early next season.
If Northern Arizona does go with Jack Murphy (which I think will be the case), it'd be a terrific hire. Young, smart and will recruit.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 12, 2012