Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Thomas eschews NBA draft for Irish



The Enquirer and wire reports

Notre Dame's Chris Thomas wasn't sure he would be a first-round pick, so Monday he withdrew from the June 26 NBA draft.

Thomas, a 6-foot-1 point guard who will be a junior next season, said in May he would stay in the draft if he thought he would be among the first 20 players drafted. He later changed his mind and said he would stay in if he was confident he would be a first-round pick.

MARSHALL: Clemson assistant and former Dayton aide Ron Jirsa was hired as head coach. Jirsa, who replaced Tubby Smith at Georgia in 1997, succeeds Greg White, who left Marshall on June 3 to become coach at the University of Charleston, a Division II school.

Jirsa went 35-30 in two seasons at Georgia after replacing Smith, but was fired in 1999 and replaced by Jim Harrick. Jirsa's contract is a four-year deal with a base salary of $130,000.




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