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Boyles Turns Down Duke Job

Joanne Boyle has turned down the Duke job.  She had some remarkable comments about her decision:

"That is a great job. Unbelievable people work there. They are going to win a national championship, if not many because it's a place where you can do it. No one has walked in my shoes in the last five years of my life, and I have to make decisions because I don't know if I'll be here in five years. I can honestly say that knowing what I've had to go through to get back my life. My journey's just here [at Cal]. I feel very strongly about that.

"As sad as it is to me to say 'No,' to Duke because it's my alma mater, it's not where I'm supposed to be. It was a hard decision because you feel obligated in some sense to give back. I promise there is no underlying theme out there of why not to take that job -- at all."

We can't remember a coach ever putting his or her mortality forward so plainly - or plaintively (if you didn't know, she almost died in 2001 from an ateriovenous malformation, and has no future guarantees).  Best of luck to Joanne at Cal, and of course, best wishes for a long and healthy life.