Tuesday, March 30, 1999

Prosser out of Irish sweepstakes


Notre Dame may announce Doherty today

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Xavier fans can breathe a sigh of relief today.

        Notre Dame is expected to name Kansas assistant Matt Doherty as its new men's bas ketball coach this afternoon, sources indicated.

        Skip Prosser, the Musketeers' coach, was told Monday by Notre Dame officials that he was no longer a candidate for the job. Several others received the same notification, including Delaware coach Mike Brey, Siena's Paul Hewitt and Dan Monson of Gonzaga.

        Prosser, attending Monday night's national championship game with his wife Nancy, did not comment.

        Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said: “If, in fact, that's ultimately the way it comes out, we're obviously thrilled that Skip will continue to be with us.

        “I never really felt that anything was a done deal in any direction.”

        To Xavier's credit, school officials put on a full-court press of its own in the past week or so in an effort to show Prosser how much he is appreciated.

        President James E. Hoff, and Bobinski met with Prosser in New York to discuss his future at the school, and Prosser was faxed in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend written details from that conversation.

        “We delivered to Skip an outline of what we'd like to do for both he, personally, and the program, in general, to ensure our continued success and to take the program to the next level,” Bobinski said.

        The Fighting Irish job opened March 9 when John MacLeod resigned under pressure, and Prosser's name was immediately reported as one of the leading candidates. He interviewed Sunday in the Tampa, Fla., area with Notre Dame officials.

        Prosser just concluded his fifth season as Xavier's head coach. His teams are 106-45. He is under contract through the 2003-2004 season.

        “Without a doubt, you're glad when something like this comes to a conclusion and you don't get the message that you dread,” Bobinski said. “I'm just glad it's over. We're glad we can turn the page.”

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