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Purdue’s Curry Visits Texas Tech

March 30, 2006

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech officials have scheduled a news conference about the women’s basketball program for Thursday, a day after Purdue coach Kristy Curry wrapped up a visit to the campus.

Tech officials would not comment beyond what was in the release. The school is looking for a replacement for coach Marsha Sharp, who announced last month she was resigning after 24 seasons with the Lady Raiders.

Curry met with senior athletic department and school officials and toured the campus during a visit to Lubbock on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, Lady Raiders spokeswoman Tammi Hoffman said.

Last week, Texas Tech contacted Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke seeking permission to talk to Curry about the head coaching job. Purdue granted that request.

Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Kathleen Offer, a spokeswoman for the Purdue women’s team, did not immediately return a call.

Curry (179-51) has been the coach at Purdue for seven years, leading the Boilermakers to the NCAA tournament each year.

The Boilermakers lost 68-66 to Notre Dame in the title game in 2001. The Boilermakers also captured two Big Ten regular-season titles and won the conference tournament three times under Curry.

She also took Purdue to two regional semifinals and a regional final. On Sunday, Purdue lost 70-68 to Final Four-bound North Carolina in its latest regional semifinal appearance.

Curry, 39, was an assistant at Stephen F. Austin (1993-94) and at Texas A&M (1994-96).

Sharp compiled a 572-189 record and won the 1993 national championship when Sheryl Swoopes led the Lady Raiders to a 31-3 record. Sharp announced her resignation Feb. 24 but will stay on as an associate athletic director.

During her 24 seasons, Sharp took Tech to 16 straight NCAA appearances, reaching the regional finals four times and the regional semifinals seven times. The year Purdue played in the title game, the Boilermakers beat the Lady Raiders 74-72 in the regional semifinals.

Sharp’s final season was marked by health problems, Tech dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time in more than a decade and the team flirted with her first losing season. They finished 15-14 and did not get a NCAA bid.

Curry’s base salary is $200,000. Sharp’s base salary was $300,000, with a guaranteed outside annual income of $300,000.

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