I guess there has been lots of radio talk show and blog comments about the coaching decision made by the Chancellor based on the recommendation of the incoming AD and his committee. I do not intend to get involved in that discussion ( see my response to my "Its Duke" blog) other than to say I know how hard Dave Matlin worked in Indy to get a coach quickly so that the coach could hit the ground running in a timely fashion.
There were many good applicants and several ' finalists", including Benji. After all the interviews and due diligence, Eran was selected. A disclaimer from me. Eran has been my friend since he coached here. I think he is a great choice. I also wish Benji the best wherever he winds up. The reality is that coaches come and go, but we all need to get behind the program.
The early signs are that the players are all staying and that is great news. With losing only one Senior, and even with a late start on recruiting, UH has the talent to compete with the top teams in the league next season. Yes there are roadblocks ahead including The NCAA investigation and the self-imposed and possible NCAA sanctions, possible academic issues including APR , and as mentioned, a slow start on recruiting. But the future is bright. We have a young, talented, enthusiastic head coach who has been at one of the Country's top mid majors for the past several years who has coached here and knows and loves Hawaii.
Eran will be live in the studio tonight on Hoopstalk. I hope he will get to answer some of your questions. Its been a whirlwind few days for the new coach. He needs to pick a staff, find a home, bond with the players, get our on the road to recruit, etc, etc. I have said all along that the UH men's basketball job is a coveted one. Eran knows that. With all of our support, the program will survive and prosper.
And I would remiss if I didn't say what a relief it is that Coach Beeman is staying.. I am sure it was not an easy choice for Laura, but our Women's basketball program is on the rise both on the Court and at the gate. I cant wait for the season to start anew.