Graves turns down Washington, decides to stay at Gonzaga

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 31 at 6:45 PM

SPOKANE -- Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves has decided to remain at the school at after a brief discussion about the job at Washington.

Graves confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday afternoon that he will remain with the Bulldogs after leading them to the Elite Eight this past season.

Graves was spotted on the Washington campus on Wednesday and said he did interview with the Huskies for their opening. Tia Jackson resigned as Washington's coach earlier this month and speculation immediately turned to Graves, who has built the Bulldogs into one of the most successful programs on the West Coast.

Graves says he is happy at Gonzaga and a contract extension with the school is expected to be announced soon.

A Washington spokesman had no comment on the coaching search.

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