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Budke is 80-16 in three seasons

RUSTON, La. -- Two days after Louisiana Tech's first-round ouster from the NCAA Tournament, Lady Techster coach Kurt Budke was in Stillwater, Okla., interviewing for the vacant head coaching position at Oklahoma State.

Tech athletic director Jim Oakes said Oklahoma State called last week seeking permission to interview Budke and confirmed that Budke was at Oklahoma State on Tuesday. However, he declined any further comment.

Budke appears to be the leading candidate to succeed Julie Goodenough, who resigned Monday under pressure after three seasons as the Cowgirls' coach.

Budke, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, has been at Tech for five seasons, serving two years as associate head coach under Leon Barmore, before being elevated to lead the program after Barmore's second retirement.

In his three seasons as the Lady Techsters' coach, Budke has an 80-16 record and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including two trips to the Sweet 16. In his first two seasons as head coach, Budke captured both the Western Athletic Conference's regular-season and tournament titles as well as Coach of the Year honors.

This past season the Techsters shared the WAC regular-season title with Rice and lost to the Owls in the WAC Tournament championship game.

Tech lost to Temple, 66-61, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The loss was just the Techsters' fourth ever in the first round and it ended their season at 20-10.