Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE
University of Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is expected to resign today, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Her last day at UT will be Friday, March 23rd, she said in statements to the press at her announcement. Texas has been ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament each of the last four seasons under Goestinkors watch and she has amassed a 102-63 record in five seasons for the Longhorns.
I stumped for Texas to not be included in this season's NCAA tournament field, due in no small part to their underachieving ways in th post-season. But if you drill down to even regular season performance during the Goestenkors era, you will see a team that has struggled to achieve success in more than just the tournament.
In 2008, the team was ranked as high as 15th in the polls, but finished unranked with a 7-9 Big 12 Conference record. In 2009, Texas climbed to a perch as high as fourth before closing out the season 8-8 in conference play. The Longhorns were ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament by Mississippi State.
2010's highwater ranking was 10th, but Texas fell to San Diego State in the tournament's first round, hosted by the Longhorns in Austin. The Longhorns fell out of the 2011 polls by Jan. 8, and Texas closed out conference play with a 7-9 mark and lost to Marquette in their first-round game. This season, Texas went 8-10 in conference and tied for 6th in the Big 12. The Longhorns lost to incoming conference competitor, West Virginia, in the tournament's first round on Saturday.
Goestenkors, who earns over $1 million dollars a season at Texas, reportedly was given full backing from women's athletics director Chris Plonsky over the weekend, so it is unsure at this time if this was a mutual decision or if Goestenkors was asked to step down.