Prosser: Speculation is a ‘monster’

Prosser, the coach at struggling Wake Forest, deviated from that policy yesterday after a key recruit expressed concern about Prosser’s future at Wake Forest. Anthony Gurley, a highly-regarded guard from Newton North High School in Massachusetts told the Boston Herald that he had called Prosser last week after weeks of hearing that Prosser might leave Wake Forest to coach at the University of Cincinnati.


12 Responses to Prosser: Speculation is a ‘monster’

  1. BJD95 02/08/2006 at 3:43 PM #

    At this point, would Cincy still want Prosser? His team fizzled badly in February/March last year (i.e., when it mattered most), and is flat-out embarrassing this season. I have never seen a coach’s stock fall as fast as Prosser’s.

  2. Clarksa 02/08/2006 at 3:52 PM #

    Prosser: Speculation helped me get Williams and Paul

  3. Trout 02/08/2006 at 4:03 PM #

    “According to sources among college basketball’s coaching ranks, the most likely candidate to replace Prosser if he does leave for Cincinnati: West Virginia coach John Beilein. ”


  4. ncstate1999 02/08/2006 at 4:21 PM #

    It doesn’t really fit here, but has anyone else seen this article regarding top programs in Football and Basketball…..

  5. choppack 02/08/2006 at 4:32 PM #

    I think cincy was probably hot and heavy for prosser earlier. However, I imagine their enthusiasm has cooled based on both teams results.

    IMHO, Kennedy has done a very solid job thus far – and is probably facing problems almost as extensive as Wake and is ahead of Louisville and Notre Dame in the Big East.

  6. JeremyHyatt 02/08/2006 at 4:52 PM #

    hopefully Gurley will not follow Prosser to Cincy, and will consider joining the Pack. If Sendek has learned anything from the School of Jim Calhoun, he will take the opportunity and pounce. If Archie Miller is listening, I can be your contact here in Boston and in the bird in Gurley’s ear.

  7. RickJ 02/08/2006 at 5:10 PM #

    There are so many interesting angles to this story. To relate it to NC State, Prosser has a long held policy to make no comments about potential job openings. This was also Dick Sheridan’s policy. Dick believed there were some positives to be gained by this type of story, particularly in that it would in some way showcase his entire staff & NC State to the football world. I could never quite buy that theory because of the angst it caused among the faithful. Prosser’s biggest problem is the year he is having. BJD95 is spot in describing his fall. In this case, if Prosser came out with the “I love Wake, Wellman, Winston-Salem and everything about this job and I’m not going anywhere until we turn this around” mantra, I really believe that Wake supporters would stay supportive. As it is, this Cincy deal is really gnawing at Wake fans and I can’t blame them.

    The Huggins firing has some similarities to V’s situation. A highly successful, very popular coach that is released (I know there are many differences in the two cases). I believe the new President of Cincy is a women. She is under a lot of pressure to make the right hire and keep the bball program on solid ground. I suggest she bring in Larry Monteith as a consultant and whatever he suggest, do as close to the opposite as possible.

    Personally, I hope Prosser stays at Wake.

  8. Mr. O 02/08/2006 at 5:11 PM #

    Gurley has signed an LOI. I can’t see Wake releasing him if he was going to consider NC State. You still have to sit out one year even if he is released unless he wins an appeal with the NCAA.

    It would be great if the NC HS sophmore and junior class were loaded like a few years ago when it looked like Herb was not going to survive.

    Is one bad year going to hurt Prosser’s overall appeal? Who else could Cinncinatti hire?

  9. choppack 02/08/2006 at 5:16 PM #

    If they make the tourney – they should keep – former NCSU transfer – Andy Kennedy. I really think that at least for this year – he’s outcoaching skip.

  10. class of '74 02/08/2006 at 5:32 PM #

    The chancelette at UC from all reports wants a program that graduates players first and wins if possible. Sounds like Monteith in drag to me.

  11. Jeff 02/10/2006 at 8:42 AM #

    I guess I just have a longer term perspective than most….and choose to look at past performance as the #1 predictor of future performance.

    Skip Prosser has been a head coach for a little over 13 years. He has been a very successful head coach in most of those 13 years. He is definitely having a tough year this year against the backdrop of a pretty successful resume.

    Cincy could do a lot worse.

  12. class of '74 02/10/2006 at 11:17 AM #

    ^agree. How could you forsee C. Paul’s early departure and if he had not left wouldn’t we all agree that WF would be much better this season.

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