Insights and Observations
Thursday, March 10, 2005
By Henry Hinton
Psychics beware on reading
Matt Doherty has bought a
house in Greenville and will be announced as the new head basketball coach
at East Carolina in the next few days. This is the rumor that just simply
will not go away.
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Guessing what is
happening during a coaching search is a sport that many seem to enjoy. ECU
fans have had plenty of opportunity in recent years to sharpen their skills
at this activity and we seem to have taken it to an entirely new level.
However, let’s examine
what we really know.
Last week, we reported
on the air and
column that it is our belief that Doherty is not and will not
be a candidate. From what we have been told, Doherty is going after the
Tulsa job in a big way. The general consensus has been that Doherty would
not be in the mix in Greenville.
The rumors have persisted
on Doherty. Time will tell if we are right.
The other hot name that
has continued to be on the radar is South Carolina assistant and former
Virginia Tech head coach Ricky Stokes.
Stokes told close friends
earlier this week that he had not spoken to Terry Holland about the ECU job.
That’s not to say he will not be a candidate but as of Tuesday morning he
had not been contacted by East Carolina.
Holland seems to be a
straight-shooter when it comes to speaking to the media. Many tried to guess
what he was thinking during the football coaching search in spite of his
We, in the media, are
still getting to know Holland but as it turns out, we were all reading too
much into what was going on before he hired Skip Holtz.
So maybe it would be
instructive for those of us involved in this new sport of ‘coach-guessing’
to actually examine the words of the man, himself.
|Replay the Mar.
4th special edition of Talk of the Town
that included Henry Hinton's interview
with East Carolina athletic director Terry
In a live interview on
Talk 1070 during our
special opening day morning show at Clark-LeClair
Stadium on Friday Holland gave the only public insight to
date on the Herrion firing and what is actually going on.
Keep in mind the
basketball team was one day away from the regular season finale at Tulane
when Holland spoke to me.
Here is a transcript of
the end of that interview when I asked him about the basketball situation:
Henry Hinton — “I can’t
have you on the air and not ask you about the situation with Bill Herrion
and basketball. I know you’ve said you won’t speak about it until the end of
the season and we have a game left tomorrow night….”
Terry Holland —
“Hopefully we have a few games left.” (turned out not to be the case).
HH — “Do you want to talk
about that at all? Is there anything you can tell us about what went into
your decision about the process there?”
TH — “No, not really. I
think everybody has a pretty good idea of where things stand right now and
we’ll address it as soon as the season is over just like we did in the
HH — “Do you have a
coaching search underway?”
TH — “What we are trying
to do right now is make sure we don’t talk to any candidates or do anything
that would be distracting to the team or the coaching staff that is in
place. But we are doing a lot of behind the scenes work in terms of pulling
stuff on everybody that we can find that should be a candidate for this job.
So right now we are assembling as large a possible pool as we possibly can
and then we’re going to compare it to the people we know and make sure we
don’t leave anybody out. There are always ‘coach du jours’ that show up each
year that are hot candidates for every job that comes open and we just want
to make sure that anybody who is out there that is a young and upcoming
coach that we haven’t heard about to date that we have at least…..”
HH — “But you have not
hired a new basketball coach? Is that what you’re telling us?“
TH — “No, no, (chuckle)
and that contract you wrote out and asked me to sign for you as the coach is
not valid and I will not sign it.”
Thank goodness for that
Holland may address the
media soon on these issues. He also could walk out and introduce his new
basketball coach but it does not seem likely in next day or so.
Note the word ‘pool.’
That would indicate more than one person. It is also interesting that he
specifically indicates a willingness to look beyond the hot names and
consider a young coach.
This does not sound like
the words of a man who has already made a deal with someone.
Reading his words above
and remembering the out front way he conducted the football search, it seems
reasonable to believe that, while he may have some specific candidates in
mind, he had not (as of Friday) made any decisions.
Holland has always been
known to be direct with the media. That is a phenomenon we, at East
Carolina, have not always experienced from administrators... particularly in
the not-so-distant past.
Meanwhile, the new sport
we have created trudges on. In a way, it is fun to guess. Everyone loves a
So, Coach Doherty... keep
on buying those homes in Pitt County.
And Coach Holland... keep
on searching for your new coach.
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