Duke gives Texas permission to speak to Goestenkors

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

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.