Thursday, March 11, 1999

XAVIER NOTEBOOK


Uh-oh: Prosser mentioned for Notre Dame job

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        TOLEDO — The Notre Dame coaching job opened Tuesday night after John MacLeod resigned, and immediately Skip Prosser's name was listed as a possible candidate by the South Bend Tribune.

        Unlike when Prosser's name was mentioned in connection with the University of Pittsburgh job, Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski Bobinski knows this could be more serious.

        “It may have some possibilities, and we'll deal with it as it happens,” said Bobinski, who added that he has not been contacted officially or unofficially by anyone at his alma mater, Notre Dame.

        Prosser worked the Notre Dame basketball camp in the early 1980s when Pete Gillen was an Irish assistant coach, and he has long held Notre Dame in high regard.

        Many close to Prosser have always believed Notre Dame a job he would like.

        When asked about it Wednesday, Prosser did not deviate from his typical response regarding job openings: “Once again, all this involves a private decision. It's something I'm not going to comment on. It's between my family, my players and Xavier. Right now, my focus is on trying to beat Toledo.”

        The South Bend Tribune mentioned Prosser as one of several possible candidates, including Rick Majerus (Utah), Steve Alford (Southwest Missouri State), Mike Brey (Delaware), Billy Donovan (Florida), Bill Carmody (Princeton) and former Chicago Bills guard John Paxson.

Young guns
        Freshmen post players Kevin Frey and Aaron Turner combined for 25 points and nine rebounds, but had some trouble stopping Toledo's inside guys. Brett Fedak (8.4 ppg) finished with 25 points and Greg Stempin (15 ppg) had 23. Fedak scored 17 in the first half.

        “He was killing us,” Turner said. “I came out in the second half and was just getting boards and hitting shots.”

Brown on move
        Lenny Brown needs two points to move into third place on XU's all-time scoring list behind Byron Larkin and Tyrone Hill.

        “I still feel (terrible),” said Brown after scoring 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. “I played bad tonight.”

       



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