It’s been four days since rumors arose that Bobby Valentine could be named U.S. ambassador to Japan, but President-elect Donald Trump has not yet made an official announcement.
And Valentine's playing it close to the vest.
"All this talk about Japan is just speculation as far as I’m concerned," the ex-Rangers, Mets and Red Sox manager -- and current executive director of athletics at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. -- told CSNNE.com "but it’s an honor to even be in the conversation.
"That being said, I’m extremely happy at Sacred Heart University. It’s growing rapidly and is a very dynamic, exciting place to be."
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Valentine has been at Sacred Heart since 2013. The school plans to build the Bobby Valentine Athletic and Recreation Center in his honor.
Valentine spent 1995, and then 2004-09 in Japan, managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. His friend and fellow University of Southern California alum, Shinzo Abe, is the Japanese Prime Minister.