McCallie Leaves MSU High and Dry

In a stunning turn of events for Michigan State officials, women's head coach JoAnne P. McCallie has left the University to take over as the head coach at Duke University, GSN has learned this afternoon.

EAST LANSING - In a stunning turn of events for Michigan State officials, women's head coach JoAnne P. McCallie has left the University to take over as the head coach at Duke University GSN has learned this afternoon.

McCallie had just inked a new contract extension with a hefty raise after consulting with LSU, Florida and Texas about their head coaching vacancies, but instead returned to East Lansing and appeared to be ready to put the annual fishing expeditions behind her.

Instead, McCallie today turned up in Durham today and is expected to be introduced at a news conference on Friday as Duke's new floor boss.

"The entire McCallie family is absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to serve at Duke," McCallie said. "This has been a dream job of mine for many years. We cannot wait to meet and get to know a team that we are so very impressed by academically, as well as athletically, and by the way (they) carry themselves."

One cannot help but wonder how many dream jobs McCallie has as she has been rumored to be on the move from East Lansing virtually every year she has been on the job there.

Ironically, McCallie just signed Samantha Williams from DePaul to come aboard MSU as a lead recruiter just three days ago.

It is unknown whether Michigan State will launch a National search for a new head coach or if they will promote on an interim basis. MSU assistant AnnMarie Gilbert could be a candidate as she has received much credit for her work with MSU's backcourt players.

If the Spartans do elect to conduct a National Search, they should look at the top candidates not second tier ones as the Michigan State job should no longer be viewed as a stepping stone for anyone.


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