Originally created 04/27/04

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday



LSU is expected to announce Tuesday that longtime women's basketball coach Sue Gunter is retiring and will be replaced by interim head coach Pokey Chatman.

LSU called a noon news conference, but women's basketball spokesman Brian Miller said he could not go into detail about the subject, other than to say it involved "the coaching situation for the women's basketball team."

However, a source in Baton Rouge who declined to be identified confirmed to The Associate Press that Gunter, who has been on leave with respiratory problems, would step down and that Chatman would take over.

Gunter has coached in college for 44 years, 22 at LSU, compiling 708 victories. Among women's college coaches, only Texas' Jody Conradt and Tennessee's Pat Summit have more victories than Gunter.

LSU went 14-5 without Gunter last season, 7-4 after Chatman was formally named LSU interim coach on Feb. 19. That included LSU's first appearance in a Final Four, where the Lady Tigers lost on a shot in the closing seconds to Tennessee in the national semifinals.