Michigan assistant basketball coach Saddi Washington will not be coming home to his alma mater, according to a report from Michigan insider Sam Webb from 247sports.
Saddi Washington Staying Put at #Michigan - TMI has learned that @saddiwashington has removed himself from consideration for the Western Michigan head coaching job - returning for year 5 with @umichbball and year 2 under @JuwanHoward - https://t.co/Bsubli55Se pic.twitter.com/5bOyxARWxD— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) March 18, 2020
Washington, who played at WMU from '94-'98 and is in the Western Michigan Hall of Fame, was considered a top candidate for the vacant WMU men's basketball head coaching job after the Broncos basketball program announced long-time coach Steve Hawkins would not return for an 18th season in the middle of last week.
Hawkins' salary as WMU's coach was $385,000 annually between his base salary and media obligations, while Washington's salary increased to $330,000 at Michigan.
Webb reported that Washington's decision to stay in Ann Arbor is "said to have been largely shaped by an extreme comfort with his current situation," including the comfort his family has found in Ann Arbor.
With Washington staying put, WMU athletic director Kathy Beauregard will have to look in a new direction to find who will lead the men's basketball program going forward.