ALL FOOLS’ DAY: Courtney Banghart close to deal to take over at Kansas

A reputable source close to the Princeton women’s basketball team tells Ivy Hoops Online that coach Courtney Banghart is close to accepting a deal to become the next coach at Kansas, which fired Bonnie Hendrickson after 11 seasons last month.

The source said Banghart, who is 169-67 (.716) with five NCAA tournament appearances in seven seasons at the helm at Princeton, became a frontrunner for the position after she was named on Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

Should Banghart leave Princeton, the same source said Princeton will likely draw from Fortune Magazine’s list as well and tap former Girl Scouts CEO Frances Hesselbein to succeed Banghart.

“(Princeton athletic director) Mollie Marcoux will be looking for someone who can encourage community service and outdoor adeptness among the players,” the source said. “Because these ladies deserve to be busy anywhere but the sadistic, Un-American spaceship that is Jadwin Gym.”

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