Arnold statement on Salter and Coleman coming Wednesday

UH coach Gib Arnold dubbed today’s practice “Competition Tuesday” as he announced to his team he was re-opening starting jobs in the team’s first action since the 0-2 road trip.

Junior point guard Anthony Salter was not there to compete, however, lengthening his absence which started to prior to the team’s recent road trip. Also missing was freshman guard Jordan Coleman.

UPDATE: Arnold said he’d issue a statement about both players prior to Wednesday’s practice. Not looking good on both counts. Both guys didn’t get a whole lot of playing time, and it must have been tough for Coleman to be the only one of the four true freshman not to see much action.

Were both to leave the team (and it is certainly looking that way) UH would be down to nine active players for Saturday’s game against HPU.

However, the Rainbows may have picked up another player just as they are losing two. More on this tomorrow.


The team’s road loss streak is actually 12 games, not 13 as I wrote previously. That’s because the BYU game technically counted as a neutral site. Yes, even though the crowd of around 13,300 was heavily slanted for the Cougars in Salt Lake City, it was “neutral.”

If you’re counting the total away-game losing streak for UH (including neutral sites) it’s 14, including the team’s last Western Athletic Conference tournament loss to Fresno State in 2008-09.


  1. bb December 7, 2010 6:26 pm

    Thanks again for the updates BMC

    How’s Amis’ foot? After the past two games, they need him.

  2. pocho December 7, 2010 6:32 pm

    yeah, thanks for the updates hopefully Gib gives you some time for a quick chat.

  3. josh December 7, 2010 10:10 pm

    Not good news, But better they leave now than stick around being unhappy. Will this mean coach Gib will have three scholarships available for next season?

  4. andy December 7, 2010 10:16 pm

    don’t know why Coleman wasn’t getting any playing time. he seemed like a pretty good player. hope coach knows what he’s doing.
    i would like to see both those guys stick it out. playing time will come if they’re good enough and both of them definitely have talent.

  5. jeezy33 December 7, 2010 10:22 pm

    Very bummed about coleman. Has huge expectations for him down the road when he got stronger.

  6. al December 7, 2010 10:28 pm

    if they are leaving, then, i say better now than later.
    we want real men on our men’s basketball team. a man would have stuck it out and worked harder to earn it.

    if this is truly the case, then, it is better they leave now rather than stay and cause internal issues.

  7. al December 7, 2010 10:32 pm

    josh, yes three more for the late signing period for a total of 5 with blakes and stevens.

    or gib could save it for the following year since he would only have two scholies.

  8. al December 7, 2010 10:35 pm

    perhaps we can get the brazilian and the european?

    the maturing of bobby miles will determine if we go after another pg. i guess gerry blakes’ transition will also be key to next year as well.

    it’s been awhile since we’ve seen the likes of ac carter on campus.

  9. pocho December 8, 2010 6:06 am

    Gib definately needs another big man for sure.

    Go Get Em Gib, Hook Em Up and Reel Em In!

  10. josh December 8, 2010 9:17 am

    Who is the player they are picking up? Lutu?

  11. jeezy33 December 8, 2010 11:51 am

    miah or lutu? Come on man. spill the news

  12. Brian McInnis December 8, 2010 12:59 pm

    It’s coming soon, don’t worry.

  13. Mike December 8, 2010 8:14 pm

    Don’t know about Salt but things don’t add up about Coleman. Gib said he wasn’t playing because he needed to get stronger, so why not redshirt him???? He was 17 when he came to the program and was the fastest player on the team, and had second highest vertical, how weak can he be. Leading up to the season he was mentioned in a couple of articles about how well he was doing on the defensive end, then nothing for playing time when the other freshmen are getting lots of time and even starting.

    Speed is something we need, I have watched three games so far, Cent. Mich., Cal Poly, and BYU and have not seen one basket in transition.

    Doesn’t sound like there were any disciplinary problems involved so it seems like Coach was sending him a message. Coleman was Coach Nash’s recruit, so maybe this is Gib’s way of taking ownership for the future of the program.

  14. Brian McInnis December 9, 2010 8:52 am


    Jordan showed flashes with his athleticism, but he was young even for a freshman. Coach would get on him a lot in practice for struggling with playing Arnold’s style of ball. Strength was just one factor.
    He was Nash’s recruit (specifically, former assistant coach Eran Ganot’s recruit), but Gib wanted him there from the moment he came in as coach and acknowledged he was somewhat surprised by Coleman’s request to leave.

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