Bob Davie has withdrawn as a candidate for the head coaching job at the University of Cincinnati.
Sources close to the negotiations said the former Notre Dame head coach and Texas A&M assistant was close to signing a long-term contract to coach the Bearcats, who will be joining the Big East Conference in 2005. Davie was in Cincinnati on Friday to interview and returned Sunday night and Monday to visit the campus and look at housing.
"Because of the commitment Cincinnati is making, I have no doubt they will be successful in their effort to compete in the Big East," Davie said when contacted Monday afternoon. "I appreciate the University of Cincinnati's interest and was impressed with their plan for the future, but I am no longer a candidate for the head coaching job."
Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin said the report of Davie's withdrawal from the search was presumptuous because Davie "wasn't close to being offered it."
Goin said Davie was on a short list that includes former Nebraska coach Frank Solich, but he declined to identify other candidates.
Cincinnati is seeking a successor to Rick Minter, who was fired early this month after 10 seasons.
Davie compiled a 35-25 record in five seasons at Notre Dame. He currently works as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN.com.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.