New Texas coach Goestenkors dismisses senior center Mergerson

AUSTIN, Texas -- New Texas coach Gail Goestenkors has
dismissed senior center Mariana Mergerson from the team for the
upcoming season for an undisclosed violation of program standards.

"We support this decision," Texas Women's Athletic Director
Chris Plonsky said in a statement released Thursday night. "Those
standards are historically high for basketball and for all our
programs here at Texas, as are the expectations we have for
commitment from our student athletes."

Mergerson had quit the team in December last year during former
coach Jody Conradt's final season. She had rejoined the team in the
summer after Goestenkors was hired.