"I've told the president (MU President Stephen Kopp) who we're interviewing," Hamrick said, "and he will know when we've identified the names we want to bring to campus. We will discuss that.
"The ideal thing would be to get back home by Sunday at the latest, then get one or two coaches who would take the job to come to Huntington for a campus visit, and then get someone named after that. I will say that all of the ones I've interviewed so far I feel very good about.
"What would really be great would be to have a deal in principle done before I leave, and then have one or two in-waiting, because when you settle on one guy, there are times when their current school makes them an offer to stay and you have to have a backup plan.
"You find that a lot when you're dealing with head coaches."
Hamrick said he has gotten a "good reception" from candidates.
"It's apparent that a lot of people think it's a good job," Hamrick said. "Donnie was making $400,000 to $500,000, and they like what they see from our locker room improvements and the other upgrades we're making to the Henderson Center.
"They like the Conference USA connection. It's like it's the Mountain West, A-10. Nothing against the (former Herd home, the Mid-American Conference), but it's a level above. The people I've talked to like recruiting a higher level."