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Hall of Famer Chancellor in talks with LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Neither Hall of Fame women's basketball
coach Van Chancellor nor the senior associate athletic director at
LSU, which needs to replace women's coach Pokey Chatman, would call
it a job interview.

But Chancellor, who has said he is in serious negotiations for
the opening, was heading for LSU's campus Wednesday, and was
expected to meet with Chancellor Sean O'Keefe, LSU players and
members of the athletic department and academic support staff.

Chancellor's "serious negotiations" comment came in an
interview with Houston television station KRIV. "We will be
talking again and we will see where this goes," Chancellor told
the station.

He and LSU senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent both
declined to characterize the visit as a job interview, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.

"We're obviously in conversations with him," said LSU senior
women's administrator Judy Southard, who has been spearheading the
coaching search. "We'll have something for everyone" Wednesday,
she told the newspaper.

Neither she nor Vincent could be reached early Wednesday.

LSU Athletic Director Skip Bertman said Friday that Chancellor
was coming in this week to interview for the job.

Chatman resigned March 7; Lady Tigers assistant coach Carla
Berry had alleged in February that Chatman engaged in inappropriate
conduct with a former LSU player when that player was a member of
the women's basketball team.

Bob Starkey, LSU's acting head coach during the Lady Tigers' run
to a fourth straight Women's Final Four, has said many times he
does not want to be head coach full time.

Chancellor is expected to keep most of the current staff, which
also includes Christie Sides and Joe Carvalhido. Sides played for
Chancellor at Ole Miss from 1995-97 before transferring to
Louisiana Tech when Chancellor left.

Chancellor led Ole Miss to a 439-154 record in 19 seasons from
1978-97. His career there included 14 NCAA tournament appearances --
including seven trips to regional semifinals and four appearances
in the Elite Eight.

Chancellor's Lady Rebels also won the 1992 Southeastern
Conference regular-season championship with an 11-0 record. That
team proved to be his best, finishing 29-3 and reaching the Midwest
Regional final.

Chancellor then joined the fledgling WNBA, where he coached the
Houston Comets for 10 seasons. He led the team to the first four
WNBA titles and compiled a 211-111 record in Houston before
resigning in January.

In 2004, Chancellor coached the U.S. women's basketball team to
a gold medal in the Athens Olympics. His international coaching
record is 38-0.

On April 2, Chancellor was named to the 2007 induction class for
the Naismith Hall of Fame.

A native of Louisville, Miss., Chancellor will be 64 before next
season begins.

"I may be 63, but I have the heart of a 43-year-old and the
energy of a 33-year-old," he has said.

Chancellor has served as a TV commentator for women's basketball
games for several years. He called LSU games last month in the SEC
tournament and the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in
Austin, Texas.

"I thought I could step back from coaching," Chancellor said,
"but it's impossible. It's in my blood.

"I've played 27, 36 holes of golf a day. That's not my nature.
I need something to do. I like a challenge. I'm not the kind of guy
who can do nothing."

If Chancellor becomes LSU's next coach, he will inherit a team
that had no seniors on a team that went 30-8 this season. LSU could
have nine seniors on the 2007-08 squad, led by All-American center
Sylvia Fowles.