Weber State University is a day or so away from naming its new basketball coach to replace fired Denny Huston. "We're getting close," said athletic director Richard Hannan Wednesday night.
Hannan indicated that he, the selection committee and Weber President Dr. Paul H. Thompson planned to meet Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon to narrow the field or even make the final choice.Is the interview process then over? "I'm not going to say yes or no," Hannan said.
Hannan said Weber doesn't have a single candidate yet. "No we do not, but we're getting there," he said. He said it is not a case of committee members backing favorites against each other. "It isn't me fighting for my candidate and you fighting for yours," he said, claiming selectors are in tune with each other.
They're trying to make the best choice and weighing a wide variety of information, he said, and now it's time to make up their minds. "We've just got to make a decision," Hannan said. "Hopefully, we'll come to that (Thursday).
"We're working close to closure," Hannan said, adding his guess on a date would be "within the weekend."
Thompson has said he'd like to have a new coach in place by the end of the week.
Others close to Weber guess the news conference will be held Friday.
Hannan again refused to discuss candidates, as has Thompson, but Hannan noted that University of Alaska Coach Ron Abegglen and Utah assistant Joe Cravens had been quoted in the media as saying they'd applied. He didn't dispute that they had, nor did he confirm it, though he did say Abegglen was in town last week to visit family and recruit.
Southern Utah Coach Neil Roberts has also reportedly applied. Other names floating around include Fred Trenkle of College of Southern Idaho, Bob Niehl of Puget Sound, Brad Jackson of Western Washington and Washington State assistant Mark Adams.
Asked if the fact that some coaches applied in the past for Weber openings and were passed by would have any bearing now, Hannan, in his second year as AD, said, "I've heard a lot of comments about that, but I couldn't even tell you who applied." He said coaches who haven't been finalists for jobs at one point or another haven't been around long.