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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, 2:17 P.M.

Graves officially turns down Huskies

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves pumps up his team during the second half of their second-round NCAA tournament women's college basketball game on Monday, March 21, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves pumps up his team during the second half of their second-round NCAA tournament women's college basketball game on Monday, March 21, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Kelly Graves made it official - again.

The Gonzaga women's basketball coach said he was not interested in the same position at the University of Washington, although he  was on the UW campus on Wednesday.

For more, read on.

"I was there, definitely meeting with them," Graves said Thursday afternoon. "They called me Tuesday morning and said they wanted to talk to me. Since I was going to be over there recruiting, I said sure, as a courtesy."

However, he said no thank you to any offer that may be forth-coming, "first and foremost because I like it here."

The Bulldogs just finished their most successful season with a loss to second-ranked and top-seeded Stanford Monday night in the Spokane Regional final. Gonzaga, 31-5, was seeded 11th, the lowest seed ever to reach an Elite Eight. They got there by beating sixth-seeded Iowa, third-seeded UCLA and seventh-seeded Louisville.

After the last game he said he wasn't interested in other jobs.

In 11 years at Gonzaga, Graves is 228-119. His first Bulldog team went 0-14 in the West Coast Conference but are now riding a 30-game WCC winning streak with their second-straight undefeated season, third overall. The Bulldogs, who have won or shared the last seven WCC titles, have been to the NCAA Tournament three straight years and four of the last five. They also played in two WNIT Tournaments.

Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Graves was an assistant at Portland and then head coach at Saint Mary's, where he went 66-26.

While at UW, Graves was taken on a tour of the facilities, with a stop at the Husky football pro day, where a large contingent of media was watch Jake Locker.

"It kind of got blow out of porportion," Graves said. "I wish it wasn't out there because it wasn't something I was pursing."

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth has often said he was proactive when his coaches are hot commodities. That probably means there will be some kind of contract extension for Graves, who has been at Gonzaga 11 seasons.




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