Houston’s account doesn’t really make sense given how Hill was responding. Why would Hill shut down the search based on Houston only saying he was interested in the offer? No one does that ever. I think he’s leaving out the part where he verbally accepted an offer (and now wants to claim he was pressured without saying he actually accepted an offer). Pretty dishonest, unless Charlotte never really shut things down at all (and maybe that’s the weak link in this logic, do we know for sure that things were shut down?).
If he is lying, the question then is why lie about it now? Is it only that he’s afraid for his reputation if it gets out that he made a promise, then backed out of it when approached with a much better offer? It might hurt his manufactured image about the value of his promises, but not everyone would fault him for backing out of a verbal agreement given he’ll get paid better and ECU is in a better situation. I wonder though if it’s more that he (or his agent) never intended to sign with Charlotte as some of our fans have suggested (and pointed out above that ECU was likely already in discussions with him), and that his dealings with Hill were all an act to force ECU to act more quickly and not interview / pursue other possible candidates. That probably looks a lot worse for him and his reputation, particularly his claims that he tries to deal honestly with people, so he has to come up with this nonsensical explanation for where negotiations were with Charlotte.
I don’t really feel that strongly about it though. Houston was a strong candidate, but he does have some potential negatives aside from the integrity questions.