The logical pick …

So, what to do when one of your assistant coaches decides to pick up stakes and move out with less than a couple months before the start of the season, as former UH coach Walter Roese did ?

You could hire from the outside, sure, and force yourself into a quick arrangement with somebody who’d have to get accustomed to everything from the players to the facilities to the trainers.

Or you could promote someone from within, someone with familiarity with all of the above and itching for a chance.

The logical pick is the team’s director of basketball operations, Scott Fisher.

Fisher has considerable coaching experience in Australia’s pro league and was never shy last season about voicing his input during practices when he thought it warranted — and was usually given Gib Arnold’s blessing to do so. The UC Santa Barbara alum’s booming voice is hard to ignore, and players would stop and listen.

The NBL (Australia’s National Basketball League) Hall of Famer has the recruiting ties Down Under to justify the promotion, should he get it. He was essentially a third full assistant during the Warriors to Asia tour (which Roese missed), anyway.

Should it happen, expect Arnold to bump his most experienced assistant, Benjy Taylor, over to the No. 2 job as associate coach.

Will Arnold do it? We’ll see — the official posting period for the job closes today (Monday), meaning a hire could be made anytime now — but the logical pick is right outside Gib’s office.


  1. jjay September 19, 2011 8:56 am

    We need some guys from down under to come to UH so far, Fish is still fishing ,hope he can
    land a blue chipper. Brian, some posters from Warrior Sports Network insist they tweet Blakes and he states he’s at Citrus CC. and not at ABCD Prep in Texas ,can you clear the air for these guys and tell them he is actually in Texas and to come aboard after 1st semester?Mahalos

  2. boo September 19, 2011 7:00 pm

    haven’t heard, but has vj the angolan samurai returned to school? also, how would you rate those chinese pro teams? because if the bows made them look silly, they must be very low level, like ncaa div 2 quality.
    why weren’t you able to blog during the asia tour?
    how would you compare shaq and miah, in terms of strength, speed, shooting, and ball handling abilities? any word on miah’s injury?

  3. pocho September 20, 2011 8:04 am

    I’ve never tweeted Blakes although I follow his tweets. He states he’s @ Azusa/Glendora Citrus College. Also Dayton has mentioned Blakes is @ Citrus too. These tweets and Dayton’s mention comes after ABCD’s Prep posts in it’s blog.

    Hey, we all guessing. And from what’s been said no one here should tweet Blakes on anything involving UH as it could cause some NCAA violations

  4. jjay September 20, 2011 2:17 pm

    Brian has very good sources, UH BB office.

  5. Brian McInnis September 20, 2011 2:58 pm

    Alright, well just spoke to Blakes. He is in fact greyshirting at Citrus College in California, not the ABCD Prep school in Dallas, while he works to become eligible at UH.

    He affirmed he still planned to come to UH at the semester break, so as long as he follows through on that, the situation is effectively the same.

  6. pocho September 20, 2011 7:40 pm

    so much for being a fly on the wall @ UH’s BB office. You called on the man himself

    Thanks Brian!

  7. Bowsfan September 25, 2011 6:54 pm

    KFVE showing the UH vs Gonzaga from March 16, 1998 right now.

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