The clamor of speculation is rising, but Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins is keeping his silence.

Broadcast reports suggested that Cremins would be named Notre Dame basketball coach this week to replace Digger Phelps, who retired April 15 after 20 seasons.Cremins, in Columbia, S.C., for his induction Thursday into the state's Athletic Hall of Fame, wouldn't talk about the Notre Dame job.

Asked about the Notre Dame job Wednesday at a reception for him, Cremins said: "This is a private party. I don't have any comment now."

ESPN reported Tuesday night that Cremins is the leading candidate to replace Phelps. Prime Ticket, a Southern California-based cable TV service, cited unidentified sources in reporting Cremins would be named today.

But Notre Dame athletic director Dick Rosenthal said the school probably won't name a coach this week.

Two of Phelps' former assistants emerged Wednesday as possible replacements.

John Shumate of Southern Methodist said he has accepted Notre Dame's invitation to discuss the job, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Nebraska's Danny Nee, another former assistant under Phelps, has also been mentioned as a candidate. Nee says Notre Dame hasn't contacted him.