Monday, March 22, 1999

XAVIER NOTEBOOK


Georgia interested in Prosser

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Saturday that Xavier's Skip Prosser is one of eight candidates for the head coaching job at the University of Georgia.

        Georgia Athletic Director Vince Dooley told the newspaper that the search committee is targeting Steve Alford (Southwest Missouri State), Mike Brey (Delaware), Jim Crews (Evansville), Fran Fraschilla (former St. John's coach), Jim Harrick (Rhode Island), Buzz Peterson (Appalachian State), Prosser and Jerry Waters (Georgia assistant).

        “First I've heard of it,” Prosser said Sunday. “News to me.”

        Prosser would not comment on reports that Notre Dame has asked for permission to speak to him, other than to say it's a private matter and “... I choose not to become involved in the media circus.”

Still sore
        Sophomore Maurice McAfee said he has trouble breathing because he is still bothered by bruised ribs.

        Senior James Posey was moving slower than usual, still bothered by a strained hip.

        Both Xavier players, however, were practicing Sunday and say they expect to be ready for Tuesday night's NIT semifinal against Clemson in New York.

        The two Musketeers were injured in Wednesday night's victory over Princeton. McAfee tried to take a charge late in the first half but was called for a foul after being bowled over by Princeton center Chris Young. Posey got hurt after getting fouled and falling to the floor on his back.

        The team was off Thursday and neither player practiced Friday.

        McAfee returned to action Saturday but didn't shoot much.

        “It's still sore, but it's a lot better than when it first happened,” McAfee said Sunday. “I could barely move. It hurt so bad. I was going to try to go the second half, but when I came out of the locker room I was trying to shoot, and it hurts for me to raise up. I still can't get my breath all the way.”

        Posey did not do much Saturday but did practice Sunday. He clearly was not 100 percent. He, too, said he was still sore but that he'd be OK by Tuesday night.

Can't make it
        Posey will not be able to participate in Thursday night's National Slam Dunk Championship in Tampa, Fla., which will be televised on ESPN.

        He had accepted an invitation, but Xavier will be playing in New York in either the NIT championship or consolation game.

Movin' on up
        Through Thursday's games, Xavier's Rating Percentage Index ranking was No.47, a great improvement from Selection Sunday when the Musketeers' RPI was 70 and they were left out of the NCAA Tournament.

        How did they get so much better? Well, they have beaten Toledo (64), Wake Forest (60) and Princeton (86). Clemson is 76.

       



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