Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Prosser won't talk about job openings

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's almost spring, which typically means the name of Xavier's basketball coach is being mentioned for other jobs. That's been going on since the Pete Gillen days and continues during Skip Prosser's tenure.

        The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press has reported that Prosser's name is included on a short list at Georgia Tech to replace Bobby Cremins, who announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the season.

        ESPN.com does not have Prosser's name on the list at Georgia Tech, but reports that he's on a second-tier list at Memphis behind John Calipari.

        “That's something that hasn't ever passed through my cranium, not for one millisec ond,” Prosser said Monday of the job openings. “My focus right now is 110 percent trying to beat GW and getting this team to 17 wins.”

        Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said he has not been contacted by any schools asking for permission to talk to Prosser. What's being reported?

        The Asbury Park newspaper said Tommy Amaker (Seton Hall), Prosser, Perry Clark (Tulane) and Calipari were on Georgia Tech's list.

        ESPN.com reported that Georgia Tech is interested in Oliver Purnell (Dayton), Bill Self (Tulsa), Kelvin Sampson (Oklahoma), Leonard Hamilton (Miami) and Clark.

        Calipari told ESPN.com that he wasn't interested in Georgia Tech, and the web site proclaimed Calipari — a former Massachusetts coach — as Memphis' top choice.

        It also reported that if Calipari doesn't want the job, Memphis will turn to a list that includes Prosser, Self and Herb Sendek (North Carolina State).


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