The Grass Is Not Always Green On The Other Side
by Cheval John
After the University of Texas Longhorns was knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tourmanent, Gail Goestenkors resigned as head coach of the Longhorns yesterday due to “fatigue.”
In her five seasons as head coach of the Longhorns, she has taken the team to five straight consecutive NCAA tournaments.
However, that was not enough for the Longhorn faithful because of various reasons: 1) She has take her previous team, the Duke Blue Devils to Four Final Four Appearances and played in the national championship twice during her 15 years at the institution and
2) She was replacing legendary coach Jody Conradt, who was the head coach for 31 years, has guided the Longhorns to 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including three Final Fours and winning one national championship in 1986.
In addition, the university launched the Longhorn Network this past August and they want to showcase their excellence to the world on a daily basis, so that they can continue to attract quality recruits to the university.
In retrospect, Goestenkors should have stayed at Duke because she would have become an iconic figure for the women’s basketball team as the current men’s basketball head coach for Duke Mike Krzyzewski.
Instead, she is just another casuality because she could not meet the expectations from the Longhorn faithful and it was difficult to duplicate the success of Jody Conradt.