After weeks of speculation, it seems LSU athletic director Skip Bertman has decided Chancellor will lead the Lady Tigers next season. LSU released a statement this morning saying a "major announcement" will be made regarding the women's basketball program. Word has been on the street for weeks that Chancellor would be the likely choice to fill the vacant head coaching position.
The head coaching job has been
vacant since Pokey Chatman's abrupt resignation on March 7. Longtime assistant
coach Bob Starkey took over as acting head coach prior to the Lady Tigers first
game in the NCAA Tournament. Starkey became the third different coach in four
years to lead the LSU women to the Final Four. LSU lost to
Chancellor will inherit plenty of talent in this Lady Tigers team. The LSU women reached their fourth straight Final Four – a truly grand accomplishment considering the team did not have include a single senior. LSU will be senior heavy in 2007-08, led by all-American Sylvia Fowles. With the veteran Chancellor at the helm, the Lady Tigers will be one of several teams favored to compete for the national championship next season.
Van Chancellor, born September 27,
Chancellor, who recently retired as head coach of the WNBA's Houston Comets, was the longest tenured coach in the WNBA. His team won the first four WNBA championships, from 1997 to 2000.
The 65-year-old Chancellor had been the fill-in commentator for Calvin Murphy in Houston Rockets NBA basketball games during previous seasons.
During the 2004 Summer Olympics,
Chancellor was the head coach of the
It was announced just last week that Chancellor will be enshrined as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2007.
Tiger Rag will have complete details from this afternoon's press conference, complete with notes, quotes and audio from Bertman and Chancellor.