THE SIDELINES : Virginia Woos Coach Penders

From Times Wire Services

Virginia has joined the schools wanting to lure coach Tom Penders away from Texas, according to a Dallas newspaper.

Penders, whose Longhorns lost 88-85 to Arkansas on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest regional final, will be asked this week to interview for the vacant head coaching position at Virginia, the Dallas Times Herald reported Sunday.

Penders said Saturday that he hadn't heard from Virginia officials about possibly replacing Terry Holland as Cavaliers' coach. "My policy is if someone wants to talk to me, I'll listen," Penders said. "Every coach has to do what is best for himself and his family. I love the University of Texas and plan to be here for a long, long time. We're working on (a new contract). Maybe I'll have an announcement before too long."

Holland resigned to become the athletic director at Davidson. Officials have met with Penn State coach Bruce Parkhill and Stanford coach Mike Montgomery but have put off a decision in order to seek Penders and Xavier coach Pete Gillen, the source told the newspaper.

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