Here’s the latest on the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, given annually to the top mid-major coach in the country by the good people over at CollegeInsider.com.
As you know, Hawaii coach Benjy Taylor was given the Hugh Durham award at midseason as the Rainbow Warriors completed their pre-conference portion of the schedule, going 12-4 with some surprising wins over power conference teams.
There was some initial confusion about whether that was the full annual award or whether there would be another winner at the end of the season. I was thrown off by it, first believing the latter and then was convinced otherwise.
Well, there will be another winner. A list of 16 finalists was released on Monday, and Taylor was not among them, despite UH piling up 22 wins on the season and making the Big West tournament final.
UC Davis’ Jim Les, the Big West Coach of the Year, is among the finalists.
Obviously this is something of a disappointment to those hoping UH would get some further recognition for its surprising season under its interim coach.
Taylor will be in Indianapolis, site of the Final Four. At last word, he was to collect his midseason award at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on April 3.