Miami's Jaskulski Talking Contract With Towson

If Issues Are Worked Out, Naming As Coach Expected

April 24, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

University of Miami assistant Mike Jaskulski could be named the new Towson State basketball coach within the next couple of days if he and athletic director Wayne Edwards can reach an agreement on a contract.

Edwards, who could not be reached for comment, flew to Miami on Tuesday and met with Jaskulski for several hours, but no deal was struck.

"We talked extensively here Tuesday," Jaskulski said yesterday from his Miami basketball office. "Nothing was settled because there are so many issues. Dr. Edwards said he would get back to me either late today or early tomorrow. He didn't fly back to Baltimore until today [Wednesday], and I think his flight was delayed. I know something has to break by the end of this week."

Towson State president Hoke L. Smith is leaving tomorrow for South Korea on a fund-raising trip, and Towson officials have said they want to have a new basketball coach before Smith leaves.

Edwards said this week that he would not select a coach without consulting one last time with Smith.

One major issue concerning the Towson basketball job is money, and that apparently is one of the issues Jaskulski is talking about.

Edwards has traveled to Miami twice in nine days to talk with Jaskulski. If Jaskulski, 43, and Edwards do not work out a deal, longtime Towson State assistant Jim Meil, 36, appears to be the top candidate.

The third finalist is Dayton assistant Pete Strickland, 39, who said yesterday that he has heard nothing from Edwards since his interview last week.

"I'm still waiting to hear something," said Strickland. "But it looks like he [Edwards] is zeroing in on the other guy [Jaskulski]."

Maryland assistant Billy Hahn withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday.

Hahn is a former Rhode Island assistant whose name has been linked to that school's vacant head coaching position. But Rhode Island officials would not confirm that he has applied for that job.

Pub Date: 4/24/97

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