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Donovan, Nash talk extension


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POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A contract extension was one of several possibilities discussed recently with men's basketball coach Bob Nash, University of Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan said yesterday.

“;We talked about how the season went this year and what his plans are going forward,”; Donovan said. “;We did talk a little bit about his contractual situation.

“;They were productive talks,”; he added. (An extension) is one of the issues we discussed, but I can't say any further comment at this time.”;

Nash, whose Rainbow Warriors recently completed a 13-17 season, is entering the final year of his original three-year contract estimated at about $240,000 per season.

Nash previously acknowledged that having an additional year in place (a rollover) would have an impact on recruiting. The Rainbows have at least two available scholarships.

“;Obviously, recruits are going to wonder whether the coach is going to be there for the duration (of their careers) but I don't foresee that as being a problem,”; Nash said. “;It's just a matter of having time to sit down and discuss issues with the administration and coming up with a game plan.”;

Donovan said he wanted to finalize a decision whether to grant an extension before April 15, the national letter of intent signing day.

“;We talked in his season evaluation about what his plans are in recruiting and going forward with scheduling for the upcoming season. I'd like to try to get something done before (LOI day), if we're going to get something done,”; Donovan said. “;I'd just say (the decision would be) definitive, if we get it done before national letter of intent day. The prospective student-athletes would have that information.”;

Nash and assistant coach Jackson Wheeler made several recruiting stops after losing to Fresno State in the Western Athletic Conference tournament play-in game in Reno, Nev.

In two seasons, Nash is 24-36. The Rainbows are in a five-year postseason drought.

Junior Roderick Flemings, Nash's prized recruit, led UH with 16.6 points per game. It was the first time in the modern era (when UH played against strictly Division I competition) that UH had no seniors.