Thanks, but no thanks. That's essentially what Harvard men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker told the University of Miami on Tuesday, when he turned down the school's offer to take over the Hurricanes' program.
Miami reportedly offered Amaker a five-year deal worth $5.5 million, and flew to Boston to try and persuade his wife, a professor in the Harvard medical school, to make the move. But in the end, Amaker, who led Harvard to its first Ivy League championship and its winningest season in program history with 23 victories this past season, decided to stay with the Crimson, where he has been the past four seasons:
"I am appreciative of and flattered by the interest shown in me by other fine universities, but I am proud and honored to represent Harvard," Amaker said in a statement released by the school. "I look forward to continuing my efforts to teach, lead and serve at this great institution."
The Miami Herald reports that Miami's search for a replacement to Frank Haith will now focus on are Mike Davis (Alabama-Birmingham), Tony Barbee (Auburn), Donnie Jones (UCF), Billy Kennedy (Murray State) and Rob Jeter (Wisconsin-Milwaukee).