Navy Coach Paul Evans spent four to five hours with University of Pittsburgh officials yesterday discussing Pitt's vacant basketball coaching job and a final decision may be imminent.

"There's a feeling that it's pretty close but it's not all resolved yet," a source close to the negotiations said.

"It's a matter of him getting back to us. But it looks good. There may be an announcement tomorrow Wednesday ."

A Pitt spokesman said no announcement was forthcoming last night, and Evans declined to be interviewed as he stepped from the automobile of Pitt Athletic Director Edward Bozik.

Evans was to return to Annapolis last evening.

Navy Athletic Director Bo Coppedge said yesterday he had not spoken with Evans since the Midshipmen's season ended with Sunday's loss to Duke in the NCAA East regional finals.

"I haven't talked to him since the game at the Meadowlands," Coppedge said. "I'm sure I'll see him, but I don't see a reason to set a time."

Evans, 41, visited Pittsburgh after talking with University of Houston officials earlier in the day in Houston about its coaching post vacated after 30 years by Guy Lewis.

Evans, when reached in Houston by the Pittsburgh Press, would say only that he was flying to Pittsburgh to meet with Pitt officials.

A source quoted by the newspaper said Pitt offered Evans the job last weekend, but that formal terms were not discussed. Evans is one of three candidates, including South Florida Coach Lee Rose and George Karl, recently deposed coach of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, to have received on-campus interviews.