According to sources, Duquesne University took another run at trying to convince University of Akron men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot to move east to Pittsburgh.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said that Dambrot was offered a “considerable financial package” to join the Atlantic 10 school, but the coach is unmoved.
“I’m a Zip,” he told the Beacon Journal Thursday morning. Beyond that he wouldn’t discuss the length of any contract offer or what it was worth.
A recent report out of Pittsburgh said that Duquesne offered a salary that at least doubled his salary. Dambrot makes more than $300,000 with incentives at UA.
Why would Dambrot turn down a salary of more than $600,000? Without trying to overthink the situation, it could be as simple as the fact that he’s home. He played baseball at Akron and he’s now coaching at his alma mater. He views the community as family.
Additionally, he still has goals. On more than a few occasions, Dambrot said that he envisions making the Zips basketball program akin to Gonzaga, meaning there’s work left to be done.
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