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Eastman to Stay at Washington State

Men's basketball coach eliminates Univ. of Richmond rumors.

March 21, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State head men's basketball coach Kevin Eastman released the following statement Friday afternoon from his hotel room in Las Vegas, Nev., where he is recruiting:

"After a couple of days of thought and discussion with my family, I feel it is in the best interest of all involved that I remain at Washington State as the basketball coach. Returning to my alma mater (University of Richmond) is very intriguing, as I feel without the experiences the University of Richmond provided me, I would not be where I am today."

"I also would like to take this time to correct some very erroneous rumors that spread throughout the process."

"Number one, going to Richmond was not a done deal when these rumors started two to three weeks ago."

"Number two, I was contacted just about one week ago, not the reported two to three weeks ago."

"Number three, I never met face to face with the Richmond athletic director (Chuck Boone)."

"Number four, I never set foot on the Richmond campus the past week, or the past two years, for that matter. In fact, I have been traveling non-stop recruiting since March 11."

"Number five, I was never offered a future athletic directors job nor would I have ever wanted it discussed as Richmond has a quality athletic director and very competent people in house now."

"Number six, our family is very happy here in Pullman. I think people have tried to say otherwise. Those people who do say that are wrong and don't know our family. It seems to our family other people bash Pullman when in fact we feel, from a quality of life standpoint, this is easily the nicest place we have ever lived. If adults would stop to figure out how important their families and children should be, I think more people would really hope to raise their families in an environment such as Pullman."

"Was it a difficult decision? Yes it was and the reason is very simple. The University of Richmond had a major impact on my life. I have had other schools contact me in my past three years at Washington State and I have said no immediately. However, when Richmond came up, that was different."

"With as much loyalty and love as Cougars have for Washington State, that is a feeling I have for my alma mater and there is nothing wrong to admit that."

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