Women’s basketball: Who will be Bears’ next coach? Not Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves

I talked this afternoon with Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves, who said Cal has not contacted him about replacing Joanne Boyle, who left last week to coach at Virginia.

Graves, who recently signing a 10-year contract, turned down an offer late last month from Washington and also said no thanks to his alma mater, New Mexico.

“I’m happy here,” he said. “I guess I’d listen  . . . the honest truth is I’ve made my decision.”

Graves coached the Bulldogs to an undefeated West Coast Conference season, a 31-5 overall record and into the regional finals of the NCAA tournament before losng to Stanford. Gonzaga beat UCLA in its second-round NCAA game.

He is 232-119 in 11 seasons at Gonzaga, including a 29-5 record last season, when the Zags reached the Sweet 16. His teams have won seven straight WCC titles and boast win streaks of at least 20 games each of the past two seasons.

Plus, he spent three years in the Bay Area as head coach at Saint Mary’s College, where he was 66-26 and reached the NCAAs in 1999, his second season with the Gaels.

Clearly, though, Graves has put down roots in Spokane. His in-laws live there and his oldest son plays on a state championship high school team.

Jeff Faraudo