Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Amaker Turns Down Miami

(Jerry Wachter/
According to the Miami Herald, former Duke guard Tommy Amaker turned down overtures from Miami and will remain the men's basketball coach at Harvard.

Miami officials flew to Boston on Monday to try and persuade Amaker and his wife, Stephanie, a professor in the Harvard medical school, to move to Miami. They offered a five-year package believed to average $1.1 million per year.

Amaker said he was "flattered" but decided to stay with the Crimson, which won its first Ivy League title this season with 23 victories. His team almost made the NCAA tournament, but Princeton hit a buzzer-beater in the playoff.

Miami, under the direction of new athletic director Shawn Eichorst, will move on to other candidates. Eichorst, an associate AD at Wisconsin, was hired on Tuesday and is expected to take over the search for Frank Haith's replacement. Potential candidates include Mike Davis (Alabama-Birmingham), Tony Barbee (Auburn), Donnie Jones (UCF), Billy Kennedy (Murray State) and Rob Jeter (Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

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