BREAKING NEWS: Chancellor to be named today

It seems LSU has found its coach. Tiger Rag received word this morning that Van Chancellor will be named the next head coach of the Lady Tigers today in a press conference at 3 p.m.

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 Rutgers 59-35 in the national semifinal. Rutgers then lost to Tennessee in the national championship game. Rumors are that Chancellor is expected to retain Starkey as part of the new coaching staff.


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, 1943 in Louisville, Miss., spent 19 successful seasons as the head coach of the Ole Miss Lady Rebels. Under his guidance, the Lady Rebels posted a winning percentage of .740 (439-154) and made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. As a collegiate coach, Chancellor ranks 14th in all-time winning percentage amongst women's basketball coaches.


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 United States women's Olympic basketball team, which won a Gold medal.


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.

Tiger Blitz Top Stories