Two things are holding true when it comes to the Hawaii men’s basketball coaching search.
One, things are moving very, very quickly — especially by UH standards — and you can read more about that in Tuesday’s print edition. Two, officials and candidates are playing things very, very close to the vest.
Five years ago, when the UH coaching search came down to Gib Arnold and Kyle Smith, we also knew the names of just about all the other interviewees — Lew Hill, Ray Giacoletti, Steve Barnes, Steve McClain and Matt Mahar.
But, in what seems like a top-down policy from Manoa chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, people are keeping a tight lid on things this time around.
Interim coach Benjy Taylor didn’t want to comment about the search (or whether he’d been interviewed) when reached at the Final Four on Monday, even though it was widely expected that he’d merit a sit-down with incoming athletic director David Matlin and the remotely connected search advisory committee.
And Matlin has been a hard man to reach of late. He’s slated to return to Honolulu on Tuesday.
Two other applicants we believe to have interviewed, Eran Ganot and Smith, have been hush-hush as well. There are likely a half-dozen more that we either aren’t comfortable printing for certainty reasons, or are just plain unknown.
We were able to confirm that Laura Beeman is indeed on the short list of candidates for the vacant Utah job. You can read about that here, and get a bit more in Tuesday’s print edition.