Mays' interest was almost expected, owing to his success directing SC's high-scoring attack, which claimed back-to-back Class AAA titles in 2008-09.
"South Charleston is the only place I applied,'' Mays said. "I like South Charleston, and I've been here six, seven years. I put my name in the hat, and I'm hopeful for an opportunity.''
Arbogast said teachers in the school system will be given first priority, and that he and his interview committee hope to have a list of names by Friday.
Both schools look to have their recommendations ready for the final hurdle in the hiring process, approval by the Kanawha County Board of Education, whose next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 20.
"Our program's not broken,'' Arbogast said. "I don't want to drag this out to where it's a problem within our own program. I'm doing that for the kids more than anything.''
Rumor and speculation, fueled in part by Internet message boards, have thrown a lot of names into the mix at both schools that have proven false.
For instance, former Cabell Midland coach Chip McMillian was thought to be interested in the current openings, but he said on Wednesday that wasn't true.
"It's right that I am interested in getting back into coaching,'' McMillian said, "but the situation has to be right. I don't want to leave my job.''
McMillian is employed by the Cabell County Board of Education as energy manager. He took Midland to the Class AAA semifinals three times in 11 seasons.
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