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Morning run: Wrapping up the Pac-12 awards and the writers' picks

Because 96 seconds of video can show you how ridiculously talented Terrence Ross is as a basketball player

Here's my story for today's paper about the Huskies' postseason awards. The coach of the year award for Romar was his third at Washington. Speaking of Romar, he also did this Q and A with Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

From the Q& A . ..

If the situation at UCLA heads further south, the Bruins may be in the market for a new coach. Would that job appeal to you?

"I'm never looking anywhere but Washington, and I maintain this is where I want to be."While the coaches vote on the awards, Jeff Faurado of the Mercury News organizes a writers' postseason award questionnaire that most of us fill out. A quick note on that survey. Obviously, I'm listed as one of the people that voted for Gutierrez. Unfortunately, we had to fill those questionnaires out before Sunday's games. After Gutierrez struggled in Cal's biggest game of the season, I changed my mind and decided that Terrence Ross deserved to player of the year. Like I said on Twitter, I can understand why the coaches voted for Gutierrez.

Most of my answers were similar to those on the questionnaire.

Montlake Madness made its picks for the Pac-12 awards and did solid job.

Let's go around the league ...

Here's Faurado's story on Gutierrez winning player of the year honors. Here's a sheet of quotes from Cal head coach Mike Montgomery, Gutierrez, sophomore Allen Crabbe and senior Harper Kamp.

From the sheet ...

Cal coach Mike Montgomery: “I’m really happy for Jorge. This is an award voted on by the coaches, and you can’t vote for your own player, so they obviously, I think, voted for Jorge based on what he has meant to our program; I think more than just this year—but over a four-year period. I think every coach in the league would love to have Jorge on their team and for all the intrinsic things that he does for you. Certainly, we’ve been the beneficiary of his services. We’ve finished first, second, third, and fourth, in the four years I’ve been here. He’s been here for all four of those years and has been a big part of that.”

This may be bad news for the folks at the Utah sports commission, but it's good news for me. In Bill Oram's


, it looks as though Salt Lake City's efforts to draw the Pac-12 tourney to Energy Solutions Arena will fall short as it appears the tournament will be making its home in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand

From the story ...

According to multiple media reports, including one in the San Jose Mercury News, the Pac-12 is expected to announce this week that future tournaments will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mark Powell, the vice president of events at EnergySolutions Arena, said he has not heard from the Pac-12 in more than two weeks, leading him to believe that the conference, despite expressing interest in Utah’s proposal, will go another direction.

“I suspect it’s going to go to Vegas,” he said, “but they have not confirmed that.”Oh what the heck !!!

Speaking of the Utes, columnist Steve Kragthorpe said that this year was a grace period for Larry Krystkowiak with the Utes' struggles not being of his own doing, but that next year won't be the same.

Here's another Q &A from Lance Pugmire -- this time with former USC head coach Tim Floyd.

If Arizona doesn't win the Pac-12 tourney and qualify for the NCAA tournament, athletic director Greg Byrne said they will apply for an NIT tournament bid.

Devoe Joseph became the first player in five seasons to earn first-team all-conference at Oregon.And he did so in his only season with the Ducks.

Christian Caple talked with Brock Motum about being named first-team all-conference and most improved player of the years. Here's the blog post from about Ken Bone's meeting with the media.