Miami to talk with Tommy Amaker
University of Miami officials flew to Boston on Monday to meet with Harvard's Tommy Amaker in an attempt to woo the Crimson coach to the ACC school, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Amaker, who played and later was an assistant coach at Duke, coached Harvard to its first Ivy League title this past season. The Crimson shared the crown with Princeton and then lost the Ivy League playoff game on a buzzer-beater.
The Crimson then lost at Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT, finishing 23-7 (12-2 in the Ivy).
Miami is searching for a replacement for Frank Haith, who took the Missouri job earlier this month.
Amaker has already coached in power-six leagues, serving head coach stints at Seton Hall and Michigan, in addition to being an assistant at Duke.
Amaker has told ESPN.com on a number of occasions how much he likes coaching at Harvard and how he wants to coach the Crimson to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson will be the Ivy League favorites next season with the majority of the roster returning, including Ivy League player of the year Keith Wright.
Amaker's chief Ivy rival -- Princeton -- is searching for a head coach after Sydney Johnson abruptly left the school to go to Fairfield.
In addition, Amaker and his wife, who also works at Harvard, have told people around them they love living in Boston and working at the school while trying to revitalize college basketball in the Ivy League at Harvard.
Amaker was contacted by the Atlanta-based Dan Parker search firm last week. Miami is searching for an athletic director, too. The basketball coaching search has been conducted by assistant athletic director Anthony Hernandez in conjunction with the search firm.
The Miami Herald reported that Miami interviewed VCU athletic director Norwood Teague (who just got Shaka Smart to stay on as basketball coach after the Final Four), Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour and ACC associate commissioner Michael Kelly, for its athletic director job. But the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday that Barbour isn't interested in the position and refuted that she interviewed for the position, saying there was only a phone conversation and there was no interest from Barbour.
Meanwhile, Kansas State coach Frank Martin would listen to Miami and would be willing to go home to his native Miami, according to multiple sources. But those same sources told ESPN.com that the search firm called Martin's representatives and said that Miami and the search firm had no interest in pursuing Martin.
Another coach, who is on Miami's short list, is Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter. Miami president Donna Shalala was a former president at Wisconsin. Jeter was a former assistant coach at Wisconsin under Bo Ryan.
Senior writer Andy Katz covers men's college basketball for ESPN.com.