Posted by No Brainer on April 12, 2018 at 14:33:59:
In Reply to: UCLA's Cori Close interviews at Virginia posted by Be careful what you wish for on April 12, 2018 at 08:33:51:
: It's been quiet on the UCLA front because their head coach has interviewed for the open Virginia coaching spot. There were rumors she was going to head to Texas Tech but it was just rumors, no interview, no interest. Virginia is a different story. Comparable academics to UCLA, better women's basketball history. Close's contract is up and Virginia will offer much better money, even with a raise from UCLA. Prepared to offer over 700k, so that would be almost 2x what UCLA pays. They took Joanne Boyle from Cal which didn't work out and took Bennett from WSU which did.
: I think if they offer, Close leaves. She saw the graduation of Canada and Billings, which was a highlight for her and would likely see less production in the coming years because of weaker recruiting.
Unless she can't stomach living in Virginia, and she is offered the job, she should jump on it.
More money, cheaper cost of living, better tradition for women's hoops.
Not to mention next year's team is going to take a big step back.
It's a big win for her if she goes.
It's also a win for UCLA, who can go another direction without being the school who didn't rehire coach that went to Elite 8.
If they pick the right coach, they can get good again quickly as the better players will no longer fear going there and not getting much better.
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