Saturday, March 20, 1999

Notre Dame will talk to Prosser

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Notre Dame officials on Friday asked Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski for permission to speak to Musketeers coach Skip Prosser about the Fighting Irish job, which opened when John MacLeod resigned March 9.

        “They said they are going to go out and meet with people on their list of prospective candidates, and everybody in America knows Skip is on that list,” Bobinski said. “They have not said when, where or how. It's between them and Skip.”

        The South Bend Tribune is reporting today that the school's list targets four coaches: Prosser, Utah's Rick Majerus, Princeton's Bill Carmody and Delaware's Mike Brey.

        Prosser could not be reached Friday night but he typically refuses comment regarding job openings for which he is mentioned. People who know Prosser have always said he'd be interested in the Notre Dame coaching job. His contract at XU runs through the 2003-2004 season.

        It is presumed he would not talk to Notre Dame until after Xavier's season ends, which will not be until after the National Invitation Tournament ends Thursday night.

        The Musketeers, 105-44 in five years under Prosser, play Tuesday night against Clemson, then Thursday night in either the NIT championship or consolation game.

        Notre Dame Athletic Director Mike Wadsworth has said he wanted to have a coach in place by April 7, when the spring signing period for recruits begins.

        “We want to do everything in our power to ensure Skip continues to remain at Xavier,” Bobinski said.


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