Friday, March 23, 2007

UT's Top Target? It starts with a G

The Dallas Morning News has confirmed in print that Texas' first choice is Goestenkors and they plan to make a hard push. I like how, being the arrogant school that it is, Texas sources note that the move has Conradt's blessing, as if securing that first is more important than even speaking with one of the top five coaches in the country, which won't happen for another few weeks. To me, the only reason to leave would be money, or a fresh start after the spousal change. Otherwise, it's not like she'll recruit any better or get any more media attention, and probably less. My passion for the women's team is less than for the men, as I've been a fan of the latter for 20 years, but could there be anything worse for the dude and I than seeing her go there?


The Dude said...

I've already let it be known on a previous blog what my thoughts are on Goestenkors leaving Duke for Texas. Frankly, it just won't seem right.

With all due respect to Jody Conradt, it's not her blessing to give to have Goestenkors take over the Texas job; G's blessing is far more important. And I hope that's a blessing that never comes.

The Dude said...

A well-informed DudeSpin tipster has dropped the following two cents on why G may actually leave Duke for Texas:

1. G makes roughly $200,000 or so -about half what Johnny Dawkins makes.
2. G has been frustrated with a lack of support from Duke on certain things - no full-time promotions director, no chartered planes for road trips, etc.
3. Rumors indicate that Texas is willing to pay out 750,000 a year and give G whatever support she wants.
4. The Tipster, contrary to what we might believe, thinks that Texas is one of the best jobs in the business - dedicated fan base, lots of support, commitment to winning, and the best high school talent in the country.
5. G has a pipeline in Texas with Lindsey Harding this year and Karima Christmas next year, and currently leading for one of the top juniors in the country.
6. Joe Alleva (one of the worst AD in history - my opinion, not the Tipster's) is doing his usual in telling people that it's Brodhead's decision, not his. The Tipster comments that, "This is the sort of steely-eyed leadership we're used to from him - passing the buck while putting his foot in his mouth. If Gail leaves and the perception is that there's a glass ceiling at Duke for women's coaches, there's no way Duke would be able to get a top-flight replacement. The obvious successor would be Joanne Boyle, but I'm not sure she'd take the job under those circumstances."

In providing some comforting words of reassurance, the Tipster believes that G would "prefer to stay at Duke, and my sense is
that she'd accept a good-faith offer of a raise if Duke would pony up for the other things she wants as well."

Obviously, it seems that much will depend on what the University and the athletics department will do for G. As far as this DudeSpin contributor is concerned, they better make an all-out effort to retain G. Schools simply cannot afford to lose potentially iconic coaches in the middle of their coaching careers. The Tipster suggests that concerned alums should write President Brodhead directly to voice desire to retain one of the top 3 women's basketball coaches in the country. I plan to do just that, and will post the letter on this website. I urge all DudeSpin readers to do likewise.

Grizzly said...

What's this about a spousal change? I missed that scoop.

The Franchise said...

Dude, I really think that info from the tipster should be its own post out on the main page!