Goricki names possible candidates:
As for Michigan, the search will start. Waterford native Gail Goestenkors is available after stepping down last month at Texas.
Goestenkors, who attended Saginaw Valley State, guided Duke to seven consecutive 30-win seasons (2000-07), including four Final Four appearances and spots in two national title games, losing to Purdue in 1999 and Maryland in 2006. She didn't have the same type of success at Texas, advancing to the NCAA tournament each of her five years, losing in the second round her first season and failing to advance past the first round the last four years.
If Goestenkors in unavailable, Brandon could look to Flint native Coquese Washington, who guided Penn State to the Big Ten regular-season title and a spot in the Sweet 16. She was named Big Ten coach of the year.
If Brandon wants to look close to home, Eastern Michigan's AnnMarie Gilbert and Detroit Mercy's Autumn Rademacher are strong candidates.
Gilbert, who was an assistant at Michigan State under Joanne McCallie when the Spartans reached the national championship game in 2005, led Eastern Michigan to the Mid-American Conference title this season.
Rademacher led Detroit to the Horizon League championship game, losing to Green Bay.