Many signs suggested Oliver was heading to McMaster. Mac only posted the job for a men's basketball coach for a week. They wanted it done this week, before the end of May. Oliver also spoke openly on Friday with the Windsor Star about the process being dragged out:
"I'm in a waiting game. Honestly, I wish the whole process had been a little faster. It's not fair to my players and my recruits for it to go on any longer."Windsor also didn't deny it. Assistant athletic director Mike Havey posted on Canadian Hoops Talk that a coach's contract does not prevent her/him from leaving for another job, as some had suggested could come into play with Oliver.
"A contract for employment is basically unenforceable. If an employee wishes to leave the employer cannot force the employee to continue to show up for work. A multi-year term basically sets the date when both parties agree to go through an evaluation and renewal (or termination) process."If confirmed, this is great news for Windsor. It has to sting a little for McMaster, which might be close in announcing. Oliver would have been the best-case scenario after the way Joe Raso departed. Having the new person be a second choice at best might not sit well with the Marauder faithful.
Meantime, it's refreshing that there has been some transparency.
(And yes, it is also weird that Dave DeAveiro left a perennial Top 10 team at Ottawa for McGill six weeks ago and we have not even had one comment speculating about his replacement.)
Oliver confirms interview for Mac job (Mary Caton, Windsor Star, May 21)