Sunday, April 6, 2003

Cronin gets top job at Murray State


College hoops notebook

The Associated Press

MURRAY, Ky. - Louisville assistant Mick Cronin was hired Saturday as Murray State's new coach.

Cronin, 31, replaces Tevester Anderson, who after five seasons.

"Murray State has a great basketball tradition, outstanding support throughout the university and community, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone to take Racer basketball to the next level," Cronin said.

Cronin joined the Louisville staff in April 2001, a month after Rick Pitino was hired. He came to Louisville from Cincinnati, where he was a member of Bob Huggins' staff for five seasons.

Cronin began his career as a high school coach at Woodward. In 1996, he joined Huggins as video coordinator.

He soon ascended to assistant coach, where he made his mark as a recruiter.

CLEMSON: Dayton coach Oliver Purnell has accepted an offer to coach Clemson, Flyers athletic director Ted Kissell said Saturday.

"Obviously, they decided he's the guy," Kissell said of Clemson. "He's a friend of mine, and I wish him well. We both feel proud of what we accomplished."

Clemson would not confirm Saturday whether Purnell had been hired. Larry Shyatt resigned last month.

Purnell, 49, guided Dayton to a 24-6 record and the Atlantic 10 championship this year. The Flyers lost to Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament but were ranked as high as No. 16 in the AP poll.

Purnell came to Dayton in 1994 from Old Dominion, inheriting a program that had won just 17 games in the previous four seasons.

INDIANA: Coach Mike Davis says he's interested in only one basketball coaching job - his own.

A newspaper report out of Georgia on Thursday quoted sources that Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley was hoping to speak to Davis this weekend.

"I want to say once and for all that I have no interest in any other job except the one that I have," Davis told the Indianapolis Star. "I have a great job, one of the top five college basketball jobs in the country, and all of this talk about me wanting to go here or there is crazy."




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