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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Greg Kampe declines another offer to leave Oakland

A Monday story in the Crescent News of Defiance, Ohio, recapped a speech given by Oakland coach Greg Kampe and later the longtime coach discussed his future at the Rochester school.
"I've been around long enough that I had a hand in building it," said Kampe. "When you build something, you have tremendous pride in it. For me to leave ... I would leave but it would have to be a special place with a school that could get to the Final Four and a school that would pay seven figures a year. I turned down a job last week that offered me $2 million over five years. That's a lot more than I make at Oakland but it's not money. I just have pride in what we've done there. We've built something that's pretty special. It's pretty nice to be at a place you built. In 29 years I've outlived all the ADs and presidents and nobody knows it any other way than me as the coach." 
Kampe confirmed the offer, saying it was for "about $2 million," but declined to specify which school made the overture. He makes nearly $170,000 in base salary each season at Oakland, where he just finished his 28th year at the helm. He has two more seasons remaining on a five-year deal signed in 2009.
Oakland has qualified for the NCAA tournament three times under his watch, most recently in 2010-11. The Golden Grizzlies won their first-round game in 2005 before falling to eventual champion North Carolina.
Kampe was rumored to be sought after to fill vacancies at Dayton and Eastern Michigan last offseason.
The story also confirmed West Virginia, Pitt and Michigan State making their return to Oakland's schedule for 2012-13.
 Also of note in Kampe's hometown paper, as a two-sport star, Kampe shunned a free-agent offer from the Seattle Seahawks in 1978 to begin his coaching career.

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