North Idaho College point guard Austin Pope said Tuesday he’s decided to decommit from playing for Hawaii next season.
Pope cited the job uncertainty of interim coach Benjy Taylor in his move.
Here’s what Pope said:
“I have decided to de commit from Hawaii due to circumstances beyond my control. I thank them for the offer but I would like to explore my other opportunities. Thanks!”
It was understood that there was some inherent risk involved with this commitment a couple weeks ago; if Taylor didn’t get awarded the long-term job, Pope was as good as gone. But it’s interesting that Pope came to that (un-)decision even before the verdict came down from new athletic director David Matlin and his search advisory committee.
Taylor, of course, can’t comment on recruits until they are signed, and we never got to that point here. But this news has to be a disappointment for him. Ultimately, it’s difficult to build something while standing on quicksand, as the interim tag amounts to.
All eyes are back on the coaching search. Taylor will no doubt still try to be proactive in the meantime, mainly in the realm of scheduling.