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Flint leaves Duquesne with confidence

| Thursday, March 22, 2001

It appears Bruiser Flint could be in line to take over as the next men's basketball coach at Duquesne University.

Flint, the former Massachusetts coach, interviewed Wednesday for the job left vacant when Darelle Porter resigned, and he came away feeling confident.

Apparently so did Duquesne athletic director Brian Colleary.

'It went well,' Colleary said.

Flint, who resigned March 12 with a year remaining on his contract, said he didn't believe Duquesne would immediately schedule any other interviews and was hopeful to receive an offer worth as much as $350,000 annually by next week.

The figure would include a base salary of $250,000 plus amenities.

Flint, who coached Massachusetts to a five-year record of 86-72, will be paid for the final year of his contract at Massachusetts, which is worth a total of $210,000.

Flint jettisoned out of Pittsburgh in a hurry last night bound for his hometown of Philadelphia, where he was scheduled today to discuss an opening at Drexel before interviewing Monday at Northeastern.

Meanwhile, Duquesne officials were expected to meet today to discuss Flint's interview.

Flint could step into an evolving situation at Duquesne, which has pledged to upgrade its program in the wake of a third consecutive 20-loss season under Porter, who stepped down last Friday.

Duquesne, which will play host to the women's NCAA East Regional on Saturday and Monday at the Mellon Arena, still might conduct interviews before next weekend's men's Final Four. Among the likely candidates is former Pitt coach Paul Evans and Lamar coach Mike Deane.

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