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Source: Md., Oldfield Agree to Deal

April 2, 2002 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) _ Brenda Oldfield, who turned around the women’s basketball program at Minnesota in her first year as coach, is expected to be hired Tuesday by the University of Maryland, The Associated Press has learned.

Oldfield, who led the Golden Gophers to their first winning record since 1993-94, has agreed to a six-year contract, according to a university source, who spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity.

Other terms of the contract were not released.

Minnesota had offered Oldfield a ``very competitive″ package to stay put, women’s athletics director Chris Voelz said, but that apparently was not enough. Her current $130,000 annual base salary is less than half that of many coaches at comparable programs.

Oldfield could not be reached for comment.

Voelz said she was waiting for official confirmation Monday night.

``I’m going to continue to hold out hope. And if the reports turn out true, I’m going to be very disappointed,″ Voelz said. ``I’ll know the university and I did everything we could to retain her.″

On Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press quoted an AAU basketball official as saying Oldfield planned to take the Maryland job.

Bob Myers, director of the North Tartan AAU team, said he spoke with Oldfield in San Antonio on Saturday and she told him: ``I’m going home Sunday and we’re hoping to tie it up and get it signed Tuesday or Wednesday.″ Two of the North Tartan players are bound for Minnesota.

Oldfield was selected Associated Press coach of the year and Big Ten coach of the year after leading Minnesota to a 22-8 record and a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament.