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    Default Non-Big Ten Coaching Changes

    Here are the head coaches from the Gopher non-conference schedule whom have been dismissed-thus far.

    Brian Neal resigned from Xavier
    Christy Smith is out at Incarnate Word
    Dayna La-Force is out at Rhode Island

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    Gathering steam:

    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - According to a report by Gene Henley of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tennessee, “UofL is prepared to lose coach Jeff Walz to Tennessee at the end of the season."

    Walz is 330-99 in 12 seasons at UofL and his Cards, the #1 seed in the Albany Region, play #4 seed Oregon State on Friday night in Albany, New York.

    Holly Warlick has not been fired as the Tennessee head coach. The Vols lost to UCLA 89-77 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    “For now we’re focused on Oregon State on Friday night. We’re incredibly proud of Jeff’s accomplishments, including last year’s Final Four appearance. Following last season we rewarded Jeff with a contract extension that we anticipate him fulfilling.,” Tyra told WAVE 3 News.

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    "Focused on Sweet Sixteen."

    With Tennessee reportedly settings its sights on Louisville's Jeff Walz as the school's next women's basketball coach, the Cardinals coach declined Tuesday to respond to the report, saying the job isn't even open.

    Tennessee is mulling the future of their current coach, Holly Warlick, who is not expected to be retained. But no decision has been made yet.

    "I think it is a slap in Holly's face," Walz told the Courier Journal on Tuesday, adding that coaching rumors pop up every year and that he's focused on his team's Sweet 16 matchup Friday against Oregon State.

    In other news, the Cardinals did lose a coach on Wednesday. Long-time assistant Samantha Williams was picked as the new head coach as Eastern Kentucky. She'll be introduced at a reception on April 3, just two days after the Elite 8 and two days before the Final Four.

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    Excerpts of the Georgia Tech investigation into their now terminated head coach and former Purdue star, Machelle Joseph. It includes charges of unacceptable coaching behavior, disregard for player well being and improper involvement of a psychologist and donors.

    On Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Georgia Tech fired women's basketball coach MaChelle Joseph, 11Alive News received a copy of the "Internal Review Investigation Report" on Joseph (through a FOIA request/Open Records Act), which was conducted by the investigative firm of Littler Mendelson P.C. Employment and Labor Law Solutions Worldwide.

    Joseph's attorney, Lisa Banks, issued a statement saying, "As parts of this ‘confidential report’ regarding MaChelle Joseph are inevitably leaked, be careful not to believe everything you read or everything the school is saying. We are confident the truth will emerge and Coach Joseph will be fully vindicated.”

    Below are some of the most noteworthy and/or troubling takeaways from Littler Mendelson's independent investigative report ... presented in verbatim excerpts here and without any editorial comments from 11Alive News.

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    Machelle Joseph:
    In the statement, Joseph acknowledged her coaching methods as tough but stood by them saying, "Though players over the years may have occasionally expressed frustration with my tone or methods, no one in my 16 years as Head Coach has ever accused me of being abusive."

    Joseph went on to detail how she expressed her concerns about alleged disparities within the athletic department at Georgia Tech regarding salary for assistant coaches, funding for publicity and marketing, locker rooms and travel. She said whenever she spoke up, she was met with retaliation and harassment.

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    Holly Warlick, who played for legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, coached under Summitt and then succeeded Summitt as the Lady Vols' head coach, will not return next season as head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.

    Warlick and Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer met earlier this week. The Lady Vols dipped to 19-13 this season and lost to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, just the second time in school history that Tennessee exited in the first round.

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    Mechelle throws together a list to replace Warlick:

    Yes it includes Niele Ivey and Gail Goestenkors. It also includes Michelle Clark-Heard and Brenda Frese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius L Hoops View Post

    Mechelle throws together a list to replace Warlick:

    Yes it includes Niele Ivey and Gail Goestenkors. It also includes Michelle Clark-Heard and Brenda Frese.
    It will be interesting if the desire to have a female coach wins out. Walz would be the obvious choice. An extensive record of success and still young enough to be around a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    It will be interesting if the desire to have a female coach wins out. Walz would be the obvious choice. An extensive record of success and still young enough to be around a long time.
    Walz makes 1.5 million at UL, Warlick made less than 700k, will be interesting to see how much UT is willing to pay for this hire.

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    Not a change...yet:
    The North Carolina women’s basketball coaching staff has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation after complaints were brought up by players and others, the school said in a press release.

    That includes head coach Sylvia Hatchell and her three assistants, a spokesperson confirmed.


    Hatchell through her attorney, Wade Smith, issued a statement Monday afternoon via a spokesperson:

    “I’ve had the privilege of coaching more than 200 young women during my 44 years in basketball,” her statement read. “My goal has always been to help them become the very best people they can be, on the basketball court and in life.

    “I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me. I love them all.

    “Of course, I will cooperate fully in this review. I look forward to a prompt conclusion of this matter and the continuation of our very successful women’s basketball program.”

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    The University of Tennessee has reached out to Missouri State expressing interest in women's basketball coach Kellie Harper, MSU Athletics Director Kyle Moats confirmed to the News-Leader on Tuesday.

    "The University of Tennessee has contacted me to inform me they have interest in speaking with Coach Harper about their women's head coaching position," Moats said in a statement to the News-Leader on Tuesday.

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    Melanie Moore, Michigan's associate head coach, becomes Xavier's head coach.
    Xavier Vice President for Administration and Director of Athletics Greg Christopher has announced Melanie Moore as the new head women's basketball coach. Moore joins the Musketeers after a spending seven seasons at Michigan, most recently serving as associate head coach.

    Moore becomes the eighth coach in program history. Xavier will hold a introductory press conference on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in the media room at Cintas Center.

    "We couldn't be happier to announce Melanie as our next women's basketball coach," said Christopher. "After talking with Melanie over the last week and hearing her vision to move our program forward, it became clear that she would be a perfect fit at Xavier.

    "Melanie brings a great blend of experience to Xavier. She was an accomplished collegiate player who played professionally. And in 17 years of coaching, Melanie's been a part of rebuilding programs and high-level success."

    During her time on the bench at Michigan, Moore helped the Wolverines post a 156-85 overall record with a 66-52 mark in Big Ten play. Michigan advanced to postseason play in all seven seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolverines also recorded 20 or more wins in each season.

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    Booth to bench?

    Tennessee’s search for a new head coach of the Lady Vols basketball program could be winding down, and it looks like a lead candidate has emerged.

    According to John Brice of Lettermen Row, former Lady Vol point guard Kara Lawson has a strong desire to restore her alma mater back to national prominence.

    The interest is mutual according to Brice. Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer is currently in Tampa, Florida — the location of the Women’s Final Four — with his inner circle to interview candidates. Fulmer’s list of candidates is 6-8 names long and includes Lawson, Nikki Fargas, Kellie Harper, and Amanda Butler.


    Lawson’s name has been floated around for the Lady Vols job since Holly Warlick was fired on March 27th. Tennessee went 19-13 this season and suffered a loss to UCLA in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It marked just the second time the Lady Vols had lost in the first round of the tournament, and this year was the first time in over 40 years the Lady Vols failed to win 20 games. Their 7-9 SEC record was also the first time Tennessee finished under .500 in conference play.

    As for the other candidates mentioned by Brice, two of the names he mentioned are also former Lady Vol players.

    Nikki Fargas — then Nikki Caldwell — played guard for the Lady Vols from 1990-94 and served as an assistant under Pat Summitt in the 1998-99 season and came back as an assistant at Tennessee from 2002-08. She was the head coach at UCLA from 2008-11 and is currently the head coach at LSU.

    Kellie Harper also played guard for the Lady Vols in the 90s. She helped Tennessee win three-straight national titles from 1996-98 as a point guard, and she was a head coach at Western Carolina and NC State before taking over at Missouri State. She took the Lady Bears to the Sweet Sixteen this season.

    Amanda Butler is from Tennessee like both Fargas and Harper, but she didn’t play or coach for the Lady Vols. Butler played guard for Florida from 1990-94, and she was the head coach at Charlotte and Florida before taking over as Clemson’s head coach before last the start of last season.

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    Multiple reports out of Knoxville say the Tennessee Lady Vols are prepared to make Kellie Harper their next head coach.

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    Nell Fortner just can't stay away. She's now Georgia Tech's head coach.
    One of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball history, Fortner has compiled a 305-187 (.620) record as a head coach at the collegiate, professional and international levels. She has led teams to Big Ten (Purdue – 1997) and Southeastern Conference (Auburn – 2009) championships and, perhaps most notably, coached the United States national team to three international titles from 1997-2000, including the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

    “I’m excited to welcome Coach Fortner to the Georgia Tech family,” Stansbury said. “Her resume speaks for itself – she is one of the most successful and respected coaches in women’s basketball history. She’s not only led teams to Olympic gold and major conference championships, but she has also proven to be an outstanding leader of young women who has embodied our mission of developing the young people who will change the world.”

    Fortner is the winningest coach in the history of the USA women’s basketball national team, having compiled a 101-14 (.878) record. In addition to the 2000 Olympics championship, she also led the team to the gold medal at the 1998 World Championship in Berlin, Germany and the 1998 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.

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