AUSTIN (AP) - Add a new wrinkle to the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry.
Oklahoma school president David Boren said that Sooners women's
basketball coach Sherri Coale turned down the Texas job.
Then Longhorns women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky said Gail
Goestenkors -- who got the job in April - was the
only coach interviewed.
Goestenkors, who left Duke for Texas, had been widely considered
U-T's first choice to replace Jody Conradt when she retired in
Boren raised a few eyebrows in Austin on Wednesday after
Oklahoma regents agreed to give Coale a raise.
Boren said Coale had turned down an offer from Texas.
But Plonsky said Goestenkors, who ultimately got a contract
worth at least one (m) million dollars annually, was the only coach
the Longhorns interviewed.
Boren issued a statement today saying his earlier comments were
misinterpreted. He said quote: "My point was she could have
numerous opportunities if she would allow herself to be considered,
but she is very loyal to O-U."
"I did not ever assert that Sherri Coale was offered any other
job. ... I noted as only an example that the new Texas coach was
offered a much higher salary than Sherri Coale now receives."