Duke gives Texas permission to speak to Goestenkors

Updated: March 27, 2007, 7:25 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke has given Texas permission to speak to Gail Goestenkors about replacing retired Hall of Famer Jody Conradt as the Longhorns' women's basketball coach, a Duke team official said Tuesday.

Duke spokesman Lindy Brown said Texas officials asked Monday to speak to Goestenkors, the seven-time Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, and athletic director Joe Alleva granted the request.

Reached at her office, Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky declined comment on the coaching search and whether Goestenkors had been offered the job.

Goestenkors' name has been mentioned frequently as the possible successor to Conradt, who won 900 games and a national championship. She retired March 12 when the Longhorns missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

Goestenkors deflected those rumors while her team played in the NCAA Tournament. The top-ranked Blue Devils (32-2), the overall No. 1 seed in the field of 64, were upset by Rutgers last week in the regional semifinals.

Conradt spent 31 seasons at Texas and won her only national championship in 1986, when the Longhorns went 34-0. She retired with a career record of 900-306 in 38 seasons at Sam Houston State, Texas-Arlington and Texas.


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