April 23rd, 2010
last night, the basketball banquet was held. over two hundred people attended, including all of Coach Nash's staff ( minus Bob), as well as Coach Arnold. It could have been a very awkward event, but it went very well.
The tone was set by my broadcast partner, Bobby Curren, who , as MC, started the night with a short speech about " new beginnings". That was followed by Jackson Wheeler, who spoke from the heart and with much emotion about how much he and the staff appreciated the opportunity to coach at UH, and although they were going to miss the ongoing opportunity to lead the program, they saw only good things ahead under Coach Arnold.
Gib finished the evening with a thank you to the staff and players who will be leaving, and a promise to continue the traditions that Bob had established of graduating players, and a commitment to do what is necessary to get the program back on track.
Well, that about will do it for my basketball blog for this season. it has been a real pleasure to talk with you about UH basketball thru this difficult season, as well as WAC and Div 1 basketball . I heard from many of you how much you enjoyed the blog. When we started this in October, this blog was way down the list of those most read. By February, we were in the top 15, and i believe that as the season went on, we probably snuck into the top 10.
As you know, the Advertiser will soon be sold to the Star-Bulletin. Whether the new owners want this blog back in the Fall is unknown, but hopefully they will. Thanks to all the coaches at UH who stood by me , even when my comments were critical, thanks to the folks at the paper who encouraged me to write the blog, but most of all thanks to all of you for reading the blog and providing your comments. Aloha