Duke coach claims no contact by Longhorns

Updated: March 23, 2007, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- As her name keeps surfacing in connection with coaching vacancies, Gail Goestenkors is trying to keep Duke's focus on the court.

Gail Goestenkors
Pouya Dianat-US PRESSWIREGoestenkors' name has been popular among top programs with job openings.

Goestenkors said Friday that Texas hasn't contacted her about its opening. Several newspapers in that state have called her the leading candidate to replace retired Hall of Famer Jody Conradt as the Longhorns' coach.

"I really haven't had to take any measures" to maintain her team's focus, Goestenkors said. "I talked to the team early on when I first heard rumors, and I told them 'You're going to hear rumors. You're going to read things in the paper. But that's just everybody's attempt to try and keep us from our focus and our energy.'

"All of our focus, all of our energy, all of our interest is only in one place, and that's with this team, and that's in accomplishing our goals and getting back to the Final Four," Goestenkors said.

Guard Abby Waner insisted the Blue Devils' attention is on their Greensboro Regional semifinal against Rutgers on Saturday, and chasing Duke's fifth Final Four and first national title.

"The question of whether or not she's going to leave is not a concern right now," Waner said. "Our concern right now is playing Rutgers and then from there, winning three more games to get the national championship. That is also Coach G's only concern right now. Whatever she chooses to do once these two weeks are up, I know that she'll make the best choice for her. It's not a thought. It's not a concern."


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