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Washington becomes new Penn State coach

Updated: April 23, 2007, 9:41 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State introduced Coquese Washington as head women's basketball coach, and turned the established program over to a career assistant without head coaching experience.

The 36-year-old replaces Rene Portland, who went 606-236 at Penn State in a 27-year career but stepped down in March a month after she and the university settled a lawsuit by a former player who claimed Portland had a "no-lesbian" policy.

Washington, a successful player at Notre ...

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