Florida Atlantic head coach says he instantly regretted joining school at first: ‘Career suicide’

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If anyone told Dusty May in 2018 that they would be in the Final Four at Florida Atlantic Five years after he joined the program, he probably wouldn’t have believed them.

Indeed, if someone told him it would be Training at school todayThey may be asked to tell another story.

May said that by the time he returned to his hotel after signing, he regretted the decision.

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Dusty May, head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls celebrates with the team after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City.

Dusty May, head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls celebrates with the team after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“I walked into the room and started crying and said, ‘I just committed suicide with my job. I’m not good enough. I can’t do that, Mai he told CBS sports.

Five years later, the Owls had less than three days of opportunity to play at the Owls national title.

May was close to FAU Athletic Director Brian White, so he agreed to become head coach almost immediately.

Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Dusty Mae holds the Eastern Regional Championship trophy after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats in game during the Elite Eight Round of the 2023 Men's Basketball Tournament held at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City.

Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Dusty Mae holds the Eastern Regional Championship trophy after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats in game during the Elite Eight Round of the 2023 Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Benslimane/NCAA via Getty Images)

“Whenever I feel something in my stomach, I deal with it. At that point, I still haven’t been to the gym, or the weight room, or our locker room,” he admitted.

When he finally saw it all, he wasn’t impressed.

“When I got to the gym, there was a little game going on. The facilities weren’t up to par. And I really accepted the job. I knew we had a lot of work to even fill out a competitive roster.”

May admitted that he “would have left and moved back to Gainesville after signing the contract had it not been for my relationship with Mike and his family.”

“I’m not a big cry,” he said, “but I just burst into tears like a baby.”

The head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls, Dusty Mae, is interviewed after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the Elite Eight Round of the 2023 Men's Basketball Tournament held at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City.

The head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls, Dusty Mae, is interviewed after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the Elite Eight Round of the 2023 Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA via Getty Images)

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But now, he could be crying tears of joy within the next week — the ninth-ranked Owls will face No. 5 seed San Diego State.

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