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Borseth Says 'No' to Colorado

Kevin Borseth had a change of heart and said, "No" to the Buffaloes Thursday, the day he was expected to take the CU women's basketball coaching job. Instead, <A HREF=>Colorado</A> will continue its search to replace Ceal Barry.

Borseth, a father of five, will remain at his job at Wisconsin-Green Bay. Borseth and his wife, Connie, spent the day in Boulder Wednesday, and Borseth said he went to bed Wednesday night unsure of his decision.

"I just got up this morning and for whatever reason you get a gut feeling about things," he said. "I just didn't have the right gut feeling that I wanted to have."

Borseth, 50, who is a six-time coach of the year in the Horizon League, said the requirements of the job at CU didn't fit with his role as a parent.

"I had every intention of coming (to Boulder) to take this job," he said. "But after coming here, a harsh reality set in that trying to balance my commitment to the university and the time raising my children the way I've envisioned, just wouldn't work."

Now it's back to work for the CU search committee, headed by associate athletic director Karen Morrison, and which also includes Barry, now an assistant athletic director.

Barry said Wednesday she has concerns about her former players, who've been waiting patiently to learn who their new coach would be. She said she plans to speak with them. However, Barry indicated she thinks it would be unwise to move too quickly now that Borseth is out of the picture.

"For the team, I'd like to get someone (hired), but it is important that we don't hurry, that we don't rush," she said.

Unofficial word has circulated that Borseth was among four or five candidates as of early last week. The list reportedly also included Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Southwest Missouri State), Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt), Joanne Boyle (Richmond) and Cathy Inglese (Boston College).

As the search picks up and moves forward again, one new aspect will be the addition of Mike Bohn, who was hired this week as CU's permanent athletic director.

On Thursday, Bohn said, "We have got to find another high-quality person that's the right fit. We will rally the committee and we have already heard calls from numerous candidates who we didn't think we could get in touch with. So, this opportunity could end up being a great thing both for Kevin and the University of Colorado."

Barry was coach at CU for 22 years, and won 427 games for the Black and Gold. Currently, CU has only two female coaches in its eight women's sports. Barry's Buffs elicited among the most loyal fan base of any Colorado Buffaloes teams over the year. When Borseth's name surfaced over the weekend as Barry's successor, rumors soon followed that there were grumblings from some corners of CU women's basketball fans, disappointed that CU would hire a male coach, rather than a female coach.

However, Morrison has said publicly that CU will hire the best person for the job, irregardless of gender.

Whoever ends up with the position will be behind in recruiting, which is heating up currently.

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