There was no one and done when the University of San Diego men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament, and as it turns out no one and done for first-year coach Bill Grier in his Toreros career.
Grier, who guided the Toreros to the NCAA Tournament and a first-round upset of Connecticut, announced Thursday afternoon he is staying at USD after flirting with the Oregon State job the past five days.
Grier wouldn’t elaborate on whether he had turned down a job offer, but reports out of Oregon were that he was presented with a package deal that would have paid him $800,000 a year for five years.
“I have decided to stay at USD because I strongly feel in my heart that this is what is best for me and my family right now,” Grier said. “USD is a great place and I look forward to working with our staff and players to continue building on what we have started here.”
When Grier returned from Oregon on Tuesday, he said reports he had been offered the job were untrue. He characterized it as a “feeling out” process from both ends.
Grier also said he wasn’t contacted by Cal, which also has a coaching vacancy, as was reported in several newspapers.
— TOM SHANAHAN