Arizona State University has asked Xavier for permission to talk to Musketeers coach Skip Prosser about the men's basketball coach's job at the Tempe, Ariz., school.
An athletic department official from ASU called XU Athletic Director Jeff Fogelson last Friday afternoon, the day after the Musketeers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
Fogelson said he has not received any other calls about Prosser, adding, ''I can't imagine we won't get more.''
''It's a very annoying form of flattery,'' Fogelson said, laughing. ''You have to deal with it. It's way to early to speculate.''
The situation is nothing new for Fogelson. A year ago, Prosser was contacted by Rutgers, Ohio State and Boston College about job openings at those schools.
Prosser could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. Fogelson said that to his knowledge, Prosser has not talked with Arizona State officials yet.
After coach Bill Frieder resigned before the season started, and after a brief search that came up empty, Don Newman was named interim coach at Arizona State.
He led the Sun Devils to an 18-14 record and an NIT appearance; they lost to Hawaii in the first round. He is not considered a strong candidate to remain as head coach.
Prosser is one of several reported potential candidates. Utah's Rick Majerus has been at the top of ASU's list, but Michigan is also reportedly interested in Majerus.
Other coaches who have been mentioned for the Sun Devils job include Melvin Watkins, North Carolina-Charlotte; Rob Evans, Mississippi; Kevin Stallings, Illinois State; Mike Jarvis, George Washington; Mark Gottfried, Murray State; and Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma.
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