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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 19, 2010

18 more apply for UH job

By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writers

Athletic director Jim Donovan and his advisory committee met last night to consider "18 additional" applications for the apparently still-fluid University of Hawai'i men's basketball head coaching job.

One of them is from former Boise State head coach Greg Graham.

Donovan and the committee returned yesterday from Los Angeles, where they interviewed four candidates over two days and immediately found a stack of additional applications that Donovan said had arrived "since last Friday."

The committee has already interviewed seven candidates, and could expand the interviews if one or more of the 18 additional applicants is deemed worthy.

Donovan declined comment on the pool and refused to say whether they included any sitting head coaches. He also refused to say what timetable he is looking at for naming a coach other than to say "we're moving as expeditiously as possible" in advance of the April 14 start of the national letter of intent signing period.

The seven candidates who have already been interviewed are Gib Arnold, Steve Barnes, Ray Giacoletti, Lew Hill, Matt Mahar, Steve McClain and Kyle Smith.

Mahar, the head coach at NCAA Division II Chaminade, is the only one from that group who is currently a head coach. Three others Barnes, Giacoletti and McClain are former head coaches now serving as associate or assistant coaches.

Graham, who guided the Broncos to the 2007-08 Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, acknowledged he has contacted UH.

Graham had a 142-112 record in eight seasons as head coach at Boise State, and led the Broncos to three postseason appearances. He went 10-7 against Hawai'i during his tenure.

Graham was terminated last week after Boise State finished with a 15-17 record, and placed eighth in the WAC this season.

Meanwhile, UH officials confirmed they have sought advice from Double Pump Basketball, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm with extensive ties in the industry.

"They are also the guys to know if you're looking for a coaching job in college basketball," HoopsWorld.com said in naming the Pump brothers, Dana and David, No. 26 among basketball's most influential people in a 2009 article.

"Everyone in college basketball seems to owe them a favor and they are among the most influential people in the college game," Hoopsworld.com wrote.

Donovan said UH has not hired the firm, which had long ties with the school during Riley Wallace's tenure, but has talked to it "as we have a number of people."

Donovan and the committee reportedly met with Double Pump in Los Angeles. The firm is said to have represented candidates Arnold and Smith at various times.

Arnold is a former USC assistant coach. Smith is the associate head coach at Saint Mary's, which defeated Richmond in the first round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday.