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Notes From Wonderland 01/09

Arizona bid farewell to a pair of coaches this off season and it should be noted that both coaches were the only two on the staff a year ago who had not worked with Rich Rodriguez. Spencer Leftwich did work with a handful of Rodriguez's assistants at Pitt, while Robert Anae was the lone holdover from Mike Stoops' staff.

Robert Anae is one of two coaches to leave this offseason.

Before anyone reads to much into it, both left for schools with a personal connection. Anae not only returns to BYU, his Alma Mater and a place he coached at for several years, but his son plays football for the Cougars.

Leftwich is off to UTEP where his son will play quarterback next year...

During the coaching search to replace Lute Olson, one of the coaches mentioned was then Utah coach Jim Boylen. Boylen was blown out of Utah two years later but landed on his feet. He was named the interim coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after Scott Skiles was fired on Tuesday.

Boylen is the second possible Olson successor to coach in the NBA. Former assistant Mike Dunlap, who was offered a chance to guide the Wildcats for one year after Olson's retirement, is the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats...

You may have noticed a lack of coverage on the Ka'Deem Carey incident. For the most part WSR has made the decision not to cover off-the-field incidents until they have on-the-field ramifications. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Carey found trouble. He had a few issues his senior year at CDO and his freshman season at Arizona...

Speaking of trouble, Josiah Turner was released by his pro team in Canada, the second time he has been cut this year. Turner was described as "immature" by his coach of the Halifax Rainmen and that fits his issues at Arizona and his first pro team in Hungary.

Turner now becomes a cautionary tale, not only for young athletes but for coaches as well. Turner is a five-star recruit who felt like he was bigger than the teams he played for. For Sean Miller and his staff, the warning signs were there, but in the early stages of rebuilding the program they took a chance on his ability. Now that they have firmly established their west coast recruiting ties, they can be more discriminate about the types of people they bring in...

Miller has been critical of his team's defense, especially the thee-point defense, of late but this year's team has actually given up the fewest points per game average of any Miller team at Arizona.

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