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Goestenkors accepts Texas' offer

Gail Goestenkors has accepted Texas' offer to become its next head coach, and she will inform her current team of the decision at a 4:30 meeting Tuesday afternoon, a source within Duke athletics confirmed to The Chronicle.

Goestenkors interviewed for the Longhorns' position last week. Texas reportedly offered her $800,000 per year before Goestenkors briefly returned to Durham.

Before departing for the Final Four, Goestenkors met with Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, at which time Duke offered a significant raise on Goestenkors' current salary. Duke's offer matched Texas', and the source within Duke athletics said Goestenkors' decision did not come down to money.

Goestenkors arrived at Duke in 1992, taking over a program that had reached just one NCAA Tournament in its 17 previous years of existence. Since then, Duke has become one of the nation's elite programs, making it to the Final Four in four out of the past eight seasons.

A national search for a new head coach is expected to begin immediately, with California's Joanne Boyle and Miami's Katie Meier--both Duke graduates--expected to top Duke's wish list.

Check back to www.dukechronicle.com for updates on this developing story.

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