Georgetown basketball Coach John Thompson said today he has been contacted about interviewing for the coaching vancancies at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Pittsburgh but indicated that he is not interested in either job.
It also was learned that Thompson has been contacted by a team in the National Basketball Association. Thompson declined to name the team, saying only that is was not the Washington Bullets.
"I'm in demand now," Thompson said today. He is here attending the NCAA coaches convention and basketball tournament.
Thompson, who led the Hoyas to a 26-6 record and a spot in the NCAA's final eight this season, said he was contacted by Oklahoma Athletic Director Wade Walker earlier in the week.
He said he told Walker he would be happy to talk to him after the coaches convention, but admitted yesterday "I'm really not interested in going there." c
Several coaches already have agreed to be interviewed, among them Oklahoma assistant John Underwood, De Paul assistant Joey Meyer, LSU assistant Art Loomis, Lamar Coach Billy Tubbs, Weber State Coach Neil McCarthy and Iowa assistant Tony McAndrews.
Other coaches Oklahoma is interested in include Iona's Jim Valvano and Alcorn State's Dave Whitney. Ted Owens of Kansas was reportedly the front-runner earlier but it now appears he will not agree to an interview for fear of worsening his position at Kansas, which is reported to be shaky.
Pittsburgh also called Thompson earlier in the week and Thompson gave the school the same message: call next week. He indicated he was not particularly interested in that job, either.
Earlier this season, Thompson was interviewed by the University of Florida about the coaching vancancy there (since filled by Norman Sloan). But he withdrew his name from consideration immediately after being interviewed.