Wednesday, March 24, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Prosser may be Irish's No. 1 now

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEW YORK — ESPN reported on Tuesday night that Utah's Rick Majerus has taken his name out of consideration for the Notre Dame coaching job. That could leave Xavier's Skip Prosser as the No. 1 choice for the Fighting Irish.

        Digger Phelps announced Majerus' decision on ESPN; in a story on the ESPN.com Web site, Majerus is quoted as saying, “I've decided to stay at Utah. I need a break over these next six months. I'm going to come back and go at it at Utah next season. I think we can have a really good team.”

        Notre Dame officials have already interviewed other top candidates Mike Brey of Delaware and Bill Carmody of Princeton.

        Prosser is expected to interview sometime after Xavier's season ends Thursday night.

Familiar turf
        James Posey remembered entering Madison Square Garden through the same entrance, taking the same elevator, using the same locker room.

        The Xavier senior returned to the legendary arena Tuesday with fond memories.

        Posey was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team in the Goodwill Games last summer. The competition was conducted at MSG.

        “It's like familiar territory,” he said before the Musketeers' 79-76 loss to Clemson on Tuesday night. “It felt good coming in. I feel comfortable.”

        He then scored just 14 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Looking back
        When Xavier won the 1958 NIT title, it was the first national championship of any kind won by an Ohio basketball team.

        • The last Atlantic 10 Conference team to win the NIT championship? Virginia Tech in 1995.

Notable numbers
        Xavier is 13-5 all-time in NIT games ... The Musketeers are first in the Atlantic 10 and 22nd in the nation in free throw shooting (73 percent). Leading the way: Maurice McAfee (.842), Posey (.812) and Brown (.779) ... Brown's 619 points ranked as the eighth-best single-season total in XU history, and Posey's 592 ranked 10th.


        CLEMSON 79, XU 76
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