University of Miami athletic officials in search of a replacement for its men's basketball coach met with Harvard coach Tommy Amaker in Boston this afternoon to discuss the opening created when Frank Haith went to the University of Missouri last week as the Tigers new coach.
Amaker was unavailable for comment, but sources at Miami and Harvard said that Amaker was considering what he felt was a serious offer to become the Canes' next coach.
Amaker, who had received inquiries about the opening at Georgia Tech (filled by Dayton Coach Brian Gregory) last month, also made it clear that he was not seeking any other job after guiding Harvard to its first Ivy League title this season. The Crimson shared the title with Princeton, but lost to the Tigers in a one game playoff and ended their season with a 23-7 record following an opening round loss to Oklahoma State in the NIT.
Amaker's pedigree includes a playing career at Duke, as well as coaching stints at Duke (an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski) and head jobs at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard, where he arrived four years ago, .
Sources at Harvard said that there is no immediate time frame on a decision by Amaker, but that if he is interested the deal can be completed in the next few days. But as of this afternoon, Amaker was not certain of what he was going to do. That situation could change quickly, however.
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