NCAA coaches vote Texas Longhorns ‘best work’ in women’s basketball
The Texas Longhorns are one of the top women’s basketball programs in the NCAA. While Texas only has one national championship, you can’t write women’s soccer history without the Longhorns, their legendary coach Jody Conradt or players like Clarissa Davis and Kamie Ethridge.
The Longhorns resurface under second-year coach Vic Schaefer. Texas prepares for its second consecutive Elite Eight on Sunday against Stanford.
His peers also think he has the “best job” in the country.
Athletic surveyed more than 30 current head coaches and assistant coaches at the Power 5 conferences and asked them to rank the top three jobs in the country. The criteria were not specific, but coaches were asked to base their rankings on “…anything they think contributes to making a program a great job”.
Texas ended up in the lead with nine votes for first place. Curiously, the Longhorns’ Sunday opponent, Stanford, finished second with seven votes for first place. Duke, Tennessee and Ohio State round out the Top 5.
Why Texas? Coaches interviewed cited what they consider to be the Longhorns’ unlimited budget, recruiting footprint, administrative support and fan support. In fact, one coach said the overall support for the program makes it a job that will always be coveted.
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One also cited the Moody Center, which will be the new home of Texas basketball next November, as a factor.
For now, it’s Schaefer’s job, and with Texas A&M having hired Joni Taylor to replace Schaefer’s mentor, Gary Blair, the job seems to be his for a long time.
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