Riley Wallace floated around as surprise replacement for Arnold

Published: Oct. 29, 2014 at 1:20 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With Gib Arnold out as head coach of the University of Hawaii men's basketball team there is wide speculation about who will take over on a permanent basis.

One name that has emerged is former UH coach Riley Wallace, who spent 20 years at the helm of the program.

Ironically, Wallace succeeded Gib's father back in the late 1980s.

Hawaii News Now spoke to Wallace by phone Tuesday afternoon and he says that the UH hasn't contacted him about the job.

He did say that if the school were to ask for his help, he'd lend it in any way possible, which includes serving as a consultant or returning to the sidelines himself.

Benjy Taylor, who is the current interim coach says he's not sure where those rumors started.

"Of course, we all know that he did a great job here and Gib really respected him," Taylor said. "Gib has sat down with him and talked to him in the past about what he did to get it done here. He's a legend."

Taylor added that he'd like to be the head coach long term, but admitted that he never wanted it to play out like this.

Being a head coach is not foreign to Taylor.

Prior to joining UH, Taylor was the head coach for Chicago State for three seasons, even being named the HSBC national coach of the year.

HNN caught up with current players before they held a team meeting and gave their endorsement for Taylor.

"I think that will be a good fit for us," Rainbow Warriors guard Dyrbe Enos said. "Especially, if he were to leave, which seems like the thing. He'd probably be the person to fit it for now. So it should be good."

The 'Bows will return to practice Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Hawaii's season tips off next Thursday with an exhibition against Hawaii Pacific University.

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