BREAKING NEWS: Starkey meets with media

Bob Starkey met with the media Wednesday afternoon as LSU's acting women's basketball coach.

Starkey assumed the role as acting head coach of the Lady Tigers Wednesday morning when Pokey Chatman resigned as LSU's coach after just less than three full years on the job.


Chatman released a statement earlier in the day stating she wished to step away from the program to remove any distractions from the Lady Tigers upcoming NCAA Tournament appearance.


"My resignation yesterday has prompted speculation and rumors that far exceeded my expectations and it is clear that my presence would be a great distraction during the NCAA Tournament," said Chatman earlier Wednesday. "I believe it is in the best interests of the team that I step away from my coaching duties immediately.


"I want the players and staff to have the best chance to maximize the opportunities we've earned. I have every confidence in the young ladies and the remaining coaches that they will have success in the NCAA Tournament."


Starkey spoke to a media room full of cameras saying Chatman met with the team Wednesday morning announcing the decision. Starkey said the meeting ended on a "positive" note. The players then went through a two-hour workout.


Starkey said this is a resilient group of players, all of whom were recruited by Chatman. Starkey said this team has survived the passing of their former head coach Sue Gunter, the harrowing effects of Hurricane Katrina and now the abrupt resignation of Chatman.


"She (Chatman) made up her mind that she didn't want to put the team through that," Starkey said of Chatman's decision. "The staff was pleased with that decision."


Starkey said the decision was definitely in the best interest of the team considering the speculation that has surrounded the situation since Chatman's shocking announcement Tuesday afternoon.


"We have had our players being contacted by the media," Starkey said. "People have shown up knocking on their dorm room doors. Obviously with their not being enough details it has brought on a media blitz."


Starkey was calm and collected for some rather direct questions including did Chatman make this decision on her own.


"The decision was made by her alone," Starkey said. "To the best of my knowledge."


Starkey was asked what exactly are her other career options.


"That is a question for Pokey," he said.


Starkey was then asked, "Would she (Chatman) ever coach again?"


"I have no idea at this time," Starkey responded. "But I do know that she had every intention of coaching this team through the tournament."


Starkey then went on to say he has no interest in being LSU's next coach. He added that he thinks LSU would be best served pursuing a head coach as Chatman's replacement.


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