Although he reiterated his happiness about coaching at Utah Friday night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Rick Majerus is apparently keeping the door open concerning the opening at the University of Texas.
Majerus, who turned down a million-dollar offer from Arizona State Thursday, has always said he'll "listen to anyone" about a job opening. Apparently he is doing that in regards to the job at Texas, which opened Thursday when Tom Penders resigned.According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, "a representative of Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus told Texas officials Majerus would like to talk about the position."
Also, after being contacted by the Austin American-Statesman after appearing on "The Tonight Show," Majerus didn't rule out the Texas job.
"Tom Penders and I have been friends, so the first thing I would want to do is give him a call and see if he's all right. I haven't done that yet," said Majerus.
"I am so exhausted. All I'm thinking about is getting this red eye (flight) to Milwaukee and spending some time with my mother," added Majerus. "I'm not going to think about it or talk to anyone over the weekend. I'm going to visit my mother and do a clinic in Wausau."
UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds said he has a list of 10 candidates to fill Penders' job, which is expected to include Majerus, Washington's Bob Bender, Stanford's Mike Montgomery, Iowa State's Tim Floyd, Wake Forest's Dave Odom, South Carolina's Eddie Fogler, Illinois State's Kevin Stallings, Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, St. John's Fran Fraschilla and New Mexico's Dave Bliss.
Majerus has been doing some recruiting in Southern California and is expected to return to Utah next week and sign two or three players during the spring letter of intent signing period.