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Calipari Withdraws from Mizzou Job

April 6, 1999

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri appears poised to hire Duke assistant Quin Synder as its basketball coach.

Media reports said Snyder was meeting with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden on Tuesday in Kansas City. The school set a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. No topic was given, but WDAF-TV in Kansas City reported that Snyder would be named.

Snyder, 32, is a former Duke player and has been an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski for four years. He met with Alden in Detroit on Friday, one day after Norm Stewart retired as coach after 32 years.

Snyder emerged as the leading candidate after former New Jersey Nets coach John Calipari took himself out of the running.

Tulsa coach Bill Self also said Tuesday evening that he had withdrawn his name from consideration. Missouri assistant Kim Anderson was left as the only other candidate besides Snyder to be interviewed by Alden.

Alden has said he wants to move quickly in signing a coach. Wednesday is the first day of the late signing period. Recruits can make written commitments to schools through May 15.

Calipari, notorious for his vitriolic attacks on players and respected for his coaching accomplishments, removed his name from consideration after talking with Alden and others on Saturday while visiting in-laws in Osceola.

Calipari’s agent, Craig Fenech, said Missouri officials had offered Calipari the job.

``He considered it pretty seriously but decided it wasn’t the right fit for him at the time,″ Fenech said Tuesday. ``In the end, he just wasn’t prepared to pull the trigger. He doesn’t know what he wants to do.″

Calipari was fired by the Nets on March 15 after his team started the season 3-17. Last year, the Nets qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four years; they lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round.

Calipari was 72-112 in two-plus seasons with the Nets. He had two years remaining on a five-year, $15 million contract.

He took over the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and went 10-18 in his first season. The Minutemen did not have another losing season in Calipari’s eight-year tenure, advancing to the NCAA tournament semifinals in 1996.

Calipari, a native of Moon, Pa., who played collegiately at North Carolina-Wilmington and Clarion (Pa.), was an assistant at Kansas in 1982-85.

Self said he made the decision to withdraw after meeting earlier Tuesday with Missouri officials.

``I’m flattered by Missouri’s interest in me,″ he said. ``I believe that the Missouri coaching position is a good one and I felt that I had to explore it for the welfare of my family. However, when it comes right down to it, the University of Tulsa is where I want to be.″

Self has been coach at Tulsa for two seasons and has a 42-22 record. His team defeated 16th-ranked College of Charleston in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Duke.

Self previously coached for four seasons at Oral Roberts in Tulsa.

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