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Report: Clippers, Huggins Talk Job

July 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ University of Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins denied a report that he and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling recently discussed the NBA team’s coaching vacancy.

FOXSports.com said Monday that Sterling met with Huggins and former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian at a Las Vegas restaurant over the weekend. Tarkanian is the coach at Fresno State.

Quoting a source close to Tarkanian, FOXSports.com said the meeting ``went very well, but he doesn’t believe Sterling offered the job to Huggins,″ who is 275-85 in 11 years with the Bearcats.

Huggins, in Las Vegas recruiting, said he was having dinner with Tarkanian when Sterling came over to their table to visit. Huggins said there was no discussion of him filling the Clippers’ job.

``I’d never met the guy,″ Huggins told The Cincinnati Enquirer. ``It’s the first time I ever talked to him.″

It has been reported that current Clippers assistant Dennis Johnson, Denver Nuggets assistant John Lucas and former Georgetown coach John Thompson are among the candidates for the Clippers’ coaching job.

Team spokesman Rob Raichlen said that per team policy, there would be no comment on the search for a new coach.

The Clippers have been without a coach since Jim Todd, who finished the season as interim coach, was removed as a contender in May. At that time, general manager Elgin Baylor said he hoped to hire a replacement before last month’s draft.

Baylor has since said he hopes to have a coach in place in the near future.

Todd was elevated from assistant to interim coach when the Clippers fired Chris Ford in February.

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