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.