Sunday, April 01, 2001

Prosser leaning toward XU


But will meet Seton Hall AD today

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Sources close to Skip Prosser insist he is leaning toward staying at Xavier. But he seems to be in no hurry to take his name out of the Seton Hall coaching derby.

        CBS Sportsline.com has reported that the XU coach will meet with Seton Hall athletic director Jeff Fogelson today in Minneapolis to discuss the position. Fogelson, who as XU's AD hired Prosser seven years ago, has had Prosser as his top candidate since Wednesday, when Tommy Amaker left Seton Hall to coach at Michigan.

        Fogelson is reportedly offering a total package of $550,000 a year, which is roughly double what sources say Prosser makes at XU.

        The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reports that a Division I head coach who is friendly with Prosser said Prosser told him he was leaning toward staying at XU. Another source close to Prosser told The Enquirer the same thing.

        Prosser didn't return a call Saturday seeking comment, but his comments in an interview with The Sporting News suggested he was happy at XU:

        “We just put a $50 million arena on our campus. We've been blessed; we have almost 8,000 season tickets (sold). We sell out 12 of our 14 home games, with more than 10,000 people. We've got luxury boxes we've got a waiting list for. We've been successful (and) won 20 games now five straight years. It would be tough to leave all that. I think there are still a lot of things left undone. We've been consistently good; we want to be consistently brilliant. In my opinion, there's no better college basketball town in the country than Cincinnati.”

        The New York Daily News reported Prosser also met with South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee last week about that coaching vacancy, but he is not believed to be a candidate.

        Prosser, attending the Final Four, is scheduled to return to Cincinnati on Monday morning, an XU official said.

        The other two coaches linked to the Seton Hall search are Iona's Jeff Ruland and Siena's Louis Orr, a Withrow High graduate who once worked for Fogelson as an XU assistant under Pete Gillen. Fogelson reportedly is waiting for Prosser's answer before looking elsewhere.

        “I still don't think there's a possibility (of Prosser leaving),” XU radio analyst Steve Wolf said. “Everything that Skip wanted in a coaching position, he's got right here.”

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