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Odom To Stay With ACC Champion Demon Deacons

April 10, 1996

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ Dave Odom, after flirting with North Carolina State, is staying at Wake Forest, and he’s hopeful that Tim Duncan will join him.

Odom, who has led the Demon Deacons to consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference titles and six straight NCAA tournament appearances, agreed Tuesday to a contract extension. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the private university.

Odom had asked for and received permission recently to talk to N.C. State about its vacant coaching position, but no basketball coach in the ACC has ever switched head coaching positions within the league.

N.C. State athletic director Todd Turner worked at Virginia when Odom was an assistant coach there in the late 1980s.

``We did have two conversations on the phone, but we readily agreed that it was not in Dave Odom’s, N.C. State’s, Wake Forest’s or the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best interests that the idea of me coming there ever be seriously considered by either party,″ Odom said.

Athletic director Ron Wellman said he expects Odom to remain at Wake Forest ``for the forseeable future.″

Odom said that he thinks Duncan, a first-team All-America as a junior in 1995-96, might stay for his senior year.

``I met with Tim (Tuesday) morning, and I don’t think things have changed,″ Odom said. ``I told him of my decision (to sign an extension) and he was pleased. In my opinion, he wants to stay at Wake Forest through graduation.″

Duncan will attend at least one session of summer school, and has already registered for fall classes.

``He’s back training now with the team,″ Odom said. ``He is interested in what next year’s team will look like _ he’s asked me about (signees) Loren Woods and Shon Coleman, he’s concerned about Tony Rutland’s knee. All of these are good signs for Wake Forest.

``Of course, he has his own mind and readily seeks advice from his family and friends. I think he will delay his decision up until almost the 12th hour.″

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is May 12.

The 6-foot-11 Duncan averaged 19.1 points and 12.3 rebounds last season for Demon Deacons. His 378 career blocks rank eighth in NCAA history.

Odom said had time left on his current contract _ more than one year, he said _ but he and Wellman began talks before last season about a contract extension. He said the N.C. State rumors did not hasten those negotiations.

Odom, the ACC coach of the year in 1991, ’94 and ’95, has compiled a 142-72 record in seven seasons at Wake Forest.

Odom’s 66 percent winning percentage at Wake Forest is the best at the school since 1922. His 142 wins rank third behind Murray Greason’s 288 and Carl Tacy’s 222.

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