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Just when you thought Arizona basketball couldn't get any crazier, Lute Olson is on the verge of revamping his entire coaching staff, according to one of my sources.
Miles Simon received his walking papers from Jim Livengood on Thursday and Josh Pastner will most likely resign from his position. Kevin O'Neill, because of another year left on his contract was not fired. Instead, he was reassigned to assistant athletic director helper. Or in other words, he will be doing a lot of nothing.
Olson will not bring back Rodney Tention according to the source, and Jay John has already signed on to be an assistant under Mike Montgomery at Cal.
Supposedly, the Wildcats are looking at a current Denver Nuggets assistant coach and Russ Pennell, a former ASU assistant.
It appears that Olson has decided the KO culture change did not work, so he's going with completely new faces. At one point it appeared that Pastner was primed for coaching stardom and that may still be the case one day, but Arizona's struggles have dropped him on the coaching food chain.
As for Simon, people in the program told me on numerous occasions that he wasn't a natural coach and didn't seem to fit in that role.
Note to the NBA: Change your slogan from "Where Amazing Happens" to "Where Kobe Happens." It's practically the same thing.
Note to ESPN.com editors: When you put a picture of Albert Pujols and the headline scary sight together, expect fantasy owners (including me) to have heart attacks and sue.
Only later was I able to breathe a sigh of relief after finding out the article was about Pujols being the scariest hitter in the game and not scaring me with his elbow injury.