Just got off the phone with new Miami AD Shawn Eichorst and he seems pretty pumped about the new gig. Going through the tape now, but here's the first half of what he had to say.
Interesting stuff on the basketball search. Without naming names, he made it clear NO ONE has been ruled out as a candidate and also said no one has been offered the job. Looks like we may be starting at square one.
Anyway, more later.
First and foremost, I would like to thank president Donna Shalala for providing me with the tremendous opportunity and I will forever embrace and cherish her trust and faith in me. She is without question the reason why I am at the University of Miami. She is the most dynamic, talented and respected leader in all of higher education. If all of those who support 'The U' can match president Shalala, coach Golden and coach Meier's intensity, passion and dedication for excellence, then we will have a chance to truly be great.
In that regard, I'm truly humbled and honored have the opportunity to lead and build upon 'The U's' rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence. The success of our student-athletes – academically, athletically and socially – will always be our foremost objective. Everything we do will be focused on on preparing our young adults for the ultimate game of life.
I can't wait to get started. My family and I are extremely excited to meet and get to know all the great people associated with 'The U' and the greater Miami community.
ON THE MONEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BIG TEN SCHOOL (WISCONSIN) AND A SMALL PRIVATE SCHOOL (MIAMI)
I embrace the opportunity. I want to be here at Miami and I want to help them get to where they want to go.
ON BASKETBALL COACHING SEARCH
I have been fully briefed on the search activities to this point and appreciate the efforts put forth by those involved.
Yesterday I had a great opportunity to speak to a number of the men's basketball student-athletes and reassured them that we would do everything in our power to get an excellent basketball coach.
I was quickly impressed with how these young men are handling their business under difficult circumstances. They are truly an incredible group of young people.
Please take note: To this point, no individual has been excluded from consideration. And, no individual has been offered the position to coach at the University of Miami. Any account or report otherwise is inaccurate and pure speculation. From this point forward, I will take complete control of the search. I will exhaust all means to find coach who stands for the great values of this institution, is a fundamentally sound teacher of the game and will positively lead our players with a tremendous amount of passion, integrity and dedication.
Make no mistake, we are committed to doing what it takes to build a program capable of winning basketball championships. We're going to do it the old fashioned way: Hard work and a strong foundation. There are no shortcuts to building a program. In that regard, we will take as much time as necessary to find the right person for the job. It would not be appropriate to me, the University of Miami or any of the folks under consideration for the position to have any further comment regarding the search until we are ready to announce the person who will lead our program.
I ask for your patience and understanding so we can help our great young people in our basketball program and future people who will join the program find a great coach.