UPDATED: So it's official. Dohn has the news including the reason why Keating picked Santa Clara over Long Beach State:
He also was being pursued by Long Beach State, but sources said Keating was concerned about impending punishment, including scholarship reductions, from the NCAA for violations.
At Santa Clara, Keating takes over for Dick Davey, who was forced to resign after 15 seasons.
I wanted to write "Good Luck Coach Keating" in the title of this post. But given how the last story about him going to LBSU turned out, I will be a little cautious. Per Gary Parrish from Sportsline.com Keating may be headed to Santa Clara:
A formal announcement is expected in the next 48 hours.
It is great to see the Howland Coaching Tree continue to spread its roots around the world of college hoops. Another reason I prefer Keating in Northern California (as opposed to some place like LBSU) is that it keeps him away from our territory, while he can makes lives of Ben Braun and Trent Johnson interesting up in the Bay Area. Not to mention his tireless work may result in Santa Clara's emergence as an effective counter challenge to Gonzaga's dominance of the WCC.
Now replacing Keating will be a big challenge. However, the good thing is Coach Howland has some time since Coach Daniels, Karson, and Howland himself will be enough to cover the basketball tourneys (college coaches frequent to) in next few weeks. I am sure Coach Howland will have no shortage of candidates since many will be part of a program which is coming off back to back Final-4 appearances, and will be well positioned to make another run next season. Not to mention given how it has worked out with folks like Dixon, Ziegler, and Keating many will want to get some experience under one of the best coaches in nation.
In other words I am not all that worried. Things usually have a way of working out for Coach Howland.