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Harrick still in negotiations to coach in ABA

6/23/2004 - Georgia Bulldogs

ATLANTA -- Former University of Georgia basketball coach
Jim Harrick said Wednesday that reports he has been hired to coach the
American Basketball Association's Vancouver expansion team are
premature.

The hiring was announced yesterday by the ABA.

Contacted by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Harrick said, "We have
signed nothing, agreed on nothing."

On Tuesday, Harrick had released a statement accepting the job.

"This is a great opportunity for me. The Vancouver team is a first-class organization, the quality of play in the ABA is outstanding as is the coaching," Harrick said in Tuesday's statement. "This will be both fun and interesting, and I am looking forward to the challenge."

However, Harrick said he expects to continue negotiations next
month.

Asked if his son, Jim Harrick Jr., would join him if he
accepts the job in Vancouver, Harrick said, "It is all
negotiable."

At Georgia, Harrick's son was accused of paying some bills for a player and teaching a bogus class on coaching. Harrick said he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing.

He was fired from UCLA in 1996 -- a year after winning an NCAA championship -- for lying about an expense report. He also was accused of changing players' grades and arranging for players to receive lodging, cars and money from boosters when he coached at Rhode Island.

Harrick, also the coach at Pepperdine, has a career record of
470-235. He guided his teams to 14 NCAA tournament appearances.