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Archive for Saturday, May 25, 2002

Gophers hire aide from Boston College

May 25, 2002

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— Pam Borton became the new women's basketball coach at Minnesota on Friday.

Borton, an associate coach at Boston College, agreed to a five-year contract that pays $150,000 annually. She succeeds Brenda Oldfield, who left to become the coach at Maryland.

The hiring of Borton comes two days after Denver coach Pam Tanner withdrew from consideration. Two weeks ago, former Southwest Missouri State coach Cheryl Burnett decided not to accept the Minnesota job.

Borton will be taking over a team that went 22-8 last season and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in eight years.

Oldfield, The Associated Press coach of the year this season, took over the program after Cheryl Littlejohn was fired.

Littlejohn, who now coaches at Chicago State, was fired last May for giving money to a player, buying clothing for others and interfering with an investigation.

The program still faces NCAA sanctions. The NCAA is expected to announce its ruling soon.

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