Dunphy mulling La Salle's offer

Updated: August 10, 2004, 1:09 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

University of Pennsylvania men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy has been offered the La Salle head-coaching job, ESPN.com's Andy Katz has learned. Dunphy is said to be seriously considering the offer.

Dunphy, who has won eight Ivy league championships in his 15 seasons at Penn, is a 1970 graduate of La Salle University.

If Dunphy declines La Salle's offer, the school may turn to Maine coach John Giannini, who interviewed for the La Salle job in 1991, sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer for Tuesday's editions.

Billy Hahn resigned as coach after two of his former players were charged with raping a 19-year-old woman who had been working at a youth basketball camp run by John Miller, the coach of La Salle's women's basketball team. Miller also resigned.

During the investigation that led to those charges, a second woman came forward and allegedly told police she had been sexually assaulted by another male basketball player at La Salle in 2003 while she was a member of the women's team.

The woman said she had informed both Miller and Hahn that she had been assaulted, but decided not to file charges when the coaches discouraged her from doing so, police said.

Hahn acknowledged speaking to the woman about her problems with the male player, but said his decision not to contact authorities or school administrators was made at her request.

Hahn's lawyer, Nick Nastasi, called the coach's failure to go to police "an honest mistake."

"When a serious allegation like this is made, coaches cannot extend that confidentiality to a player," Nastasi said. "If a student has that kind of problem, they shouldn't put their coaches in that position of requesting confidentiality."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.