Playing it close

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.


  1. Pocho April 7, 2015 3:21 am

    Thank you for filling us in on status of the UHbb hc hiring.

    Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows!

  2. Pocho April 7, 2015 4:04 am

    Ahhh, you start to wonder if UH now thinks it blundered letting Nash go? He had everything going except the Wins:

    “During the press conference, Donovan said he asks his coaches to do six things — focus on the academics, comply with NCAA and state regulations, interact with community with public relations focus and help fund raise, recruit players with good character, be part of the UH team,and (have a good) won-lost record.
    Donovan said Nash met five of the six standards, except the won-lost record,
    “That’s the only category that hasn’t met our standards.””

    You know there are “standards”, the basics that comes with the hc job.

  3. Warrior Dave April 7, 2015 10:07 am

    Nash may have met 5 of 6 standards but missed badly on the most important one, wIns.

    Interesting that UH is facing possible NCAA sanctions but attendance was up again this year, due to more wins and excitement on the court. As fans, are we willing to run a semi clean program in order to have more wins? Btw, I personally believe that no program is 100% clean

  4. ThatsJack April 7, 2015 10:19 am

    Off topic, but I have a question on the recent NCAA BB Tourn. Does anyone out there know if the BWC gets some money from the NCAA from the proceeds of the tournament? And if the BWC does receive some money, does UH get a share of the cash? Thanks.

  5. Geno Tamayo April 7, 2015 10:52 am

    Austin Pope has decommitted from UH MBB

  6. Hoosier April 7, 2015 1:17 pm

    Attendance and revenue both down this year, not up.

  7. bouncingball April 8, 2015 8:40 am

    #3, I believe Nash was 100% clean. That man has class, maybe not a good head coach, but a man who gave his all to UH basketball program. Not a bad word out of him even after his release and no showboating like Benji Taylor who, in my humble opinion, has a slickness about him that’s disconcerting.

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