Borseth backs out hours before news conference
BOULDER, Colo. -- Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth turned down the head coaching job at Colorado on Thursday just two hours before a press conference scheduled to announce his hiring.
"I had every intention of coming here to take this job," Borseth said, but he decided the position would take too much time away from his family and the move would be hard on his five children.
"Trying to balance my commitment to the university and the time raising my children the way I've envisioned ... just wouldn't work," Borseth said.
"It took five or six years to get adjusted to Green Bay, and the children are just getting started with the things they are doing, and then they would have to start that all over again," Borseth said. "It's tearing at my heart, it really is."
Borseth would have replaced Ceal Barry, who resigned as Colorado's coach at the end of this season after 22 years.
Barry, a member of search committee, would not speculate on whether Borseth was overwhelmed by the prospect of coaching in the Big 12 Conference.
"I can't comment on that, but it is a big jump from the Horizon League to the Big 12," Barry said. "Better we find out now than six weeks from now."
Borseth's change of heart came on Mike Bohn's first full day on the job as Colorado athletics director.
"This is no more than a great opportunity for us to shine and recruit and show that we've got a tremendous environment," Bohn said. "It's about a fit and having to find another high-quality person that's the right fit."
Borseth had not resigned from Wisconsin-Green Bay and will remain women's coach there, sports information director Brian Nicol said.
Nicol said Borseth had received previous coaching offers, but "this is the closest he's been to accepting another offer."
Borseth led Wisconsin-Green Bay to a 27-4 record last season, and the Phoenix nearly upset Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
He is 164-51 in seven seasons at Green Bay. He also coached at Michigan Tech and Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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