On the same day the University at Buffalo introduced Jim Whitesell as its head men's basketball coach, UB Athletic Director Mark Alnutt confirmed that women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack is considering other opportunities.
Legette-Jack has recently been linked to head coaching openings for the women's basketball programs at Penn State and at Georgia Tech. Legette-Jack interviewed at Penn State last month, per multiple reports, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week reported that Legette-Jack interviewed for the opening at Georgia Tech, and was expected to have a second interview with the Yellowjackets last weekend in Tampa during the women's Final Four. Penn State hired Marquette's Carolyn Kieger last week.
"Plenty of conversations, plenty of conversations," Alnutt told reporters, when asked if he'd discussed the interest other athletic programs have expressed in Legette-Jack. "Obviously, I'm excited to have Felisha as our women's head coach. Obviously, she has some opportunities that are out there that she's looking at. But at the end of the day, what we have in front of her, if she chooses to be the coach here, at UB, it's something that's going to be very good for all of us.
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"We're in constant contact, and hopefully we'll see, at the end of this carousel, so to speak. It's very similar to when I first got here last year. It was something I worked on before I got to UB last year, in terms of securing her. That got secured sometime in May. Hopefully, it's a little bit quicker this year."
Legette-Jack received a five-year contract extension in May of 2018, which pays her a base salary of $240,000 annually.
Alnutt said an offer is on the table for Legette-Jack, but he did not disclose whether it would be a pay raise, an extension or both.
"Something's out there," Alnutt said. "I put my best foot forward out there, with her, but I also understand there's some other opportunities she's looking at. When it's all said and done, that's out there, and we'll move forward with whatever she wants to do."
Legette-Jack recently completed her seventh season at UB, and led the Bulls to their third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four years.