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New Miami AD Shawn Eichorst Speaks to South Florida Media -- Part II

Eichorst Here is the second half of the interview Shawn Eichorst did with the South Florida media on Wednesday morning.

THE CULTURE SHOCK OF MOVING FROM WISCONSIN TO CORAL GABLES

I don't take it as a culture shock. I think you have cheese and milk there too. I'm looking forward to the opportunity, it's a tremendous world class institution, a world class city. Talent rich. I think people have a great passion for the University of Miami. I embrace the opportunity. I have been to a lot of different  places. I think the key is to being positive to your approach and being committed to your organization. I am committed to the University of Miami.

SPOKEN WITH KIRBY HOCUTT REGARDING FOOTBALL SCHEDULES, ETC.?

I have not talked to Kirby. I will reflect on that later once I get a more thorough assessment of what is going on within the department.

WHY IS MIAMI THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU AND WHY IS THIS THE RIGHT TIME?

I have great passion for this business and working with young people. The people I have been mentored by and trust and respect for, in my preparation for this process, guided me. It quickly became apparent that working with president Shalala and the wonderful stuff she assembled within the trajectory of that great institution academically over the past 10 years – being the No. 1 ranked school in Florida, top 50 by any measurement for research institutions in the U.S. -- it just fit the profile of an institution and spirit and things I'm all about.

The other thing that really hit home for me was, the more I learned more about Al Golden, some of the other coaches within the department but particularly Al, I couldn't wait to get there. He is by far one of the most impressive coaches in this business. That really had a big bearing on taking the opportunity at Miami.

When Barry Alvarez says a coach is special, that says something.

THE INTERVIEW PROCESS WITH OTHER MIAMI COACHES

As we get to know each other, you'll find out I'm pretty prepared in everything I do. I had done a lot of due diligence on a lot of key people that I met with. We quickly developed a chemistry and the pace of the situation moved quickly. Our values and our core beliefs and our philosophy starts to mesh.

I'm just so darned excited to get there. These are quality people at the University of Miami who have the young people at the heart of everything they do. Again, president Shalala is as good as there is in the business. And the opportunity to spend time with her and the people she has assembled once is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO HEAR YOUR MENTORS GIVE YOU SUCH A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE?

What it means to me is the great philosophy in life, the people you associate yourself with. I've just had the tremendous opportunity to be with great people in my life. I've taken that in and learned more from that than I've been able to provide. I've always bought into the team philosophy of unselfishness and caring for others and having respect, integrity and passion. When you align yourself with those kind of values, and you associate yourself with those kind of people, you have some magical relationships.

HOW DO YOU GROW THE SUPPORT FOR THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM?

Win basketball games. Put a product on the court people are proud of. Folks who respect the game play it the right way, play great defense, take care of the ball. When you are fundamentally sound, people will quickly become excited about what your doing. I think that's the same in all walks of life. I'm really excited about the University of Miami and what's next for its men's basketball program. The sky is the limit.

What we can do is bring in an ambassador of the game, who will not only to help us build the program by winning games and championships, but be extremely passionate about 'The U.' We have to hold everyone accountable, not just the student-athletes and the coach. We're all going to be held accountable for supporting this program. We're going to get it done.

WHEN WILL YOU SET UP SHOP IN MIAMI OR WILL THE COACHING SEARCH BE DONE FROM THE ROAD?

I'm still working through that. My plan is to get down Saturday or Sunday, to talk to some key folks. I really haven't really had a chance to meet all of the staff, all the good people I'm going to be working with. I'm going to do some quick due diligence in that regard, but my main focus is finding us a new basketball coach. Some of it's fluid, but it's an exciting time.

DOES THE BASKETBALL SEARCH START FROM SCRATCH?

The process is under evaluation at this point too. I'm not really sure, we'll figure things out in next 24 hours. But, again, everyone who has an interest in being our basketball coach at the University of Miami will get consideration. So, at this time, I really can't give you any more information than that.

DO YOU HAVE PERSONAL CANDIDATES IN MIND FOR THE BASKETBALL JOB?

I have a notion of what it takes to win and to be successful for a sustained period of time, not only in basketball but in all of our programs. I'm going of kind of contemplate those theories and see if faces in the coaching world fit that mold. Again, we're going to do everything to find the right fit at the University of Miami. We're excited about doing that and we're going to do that in a time frame that works best for us.


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