'Their job's not open;' Louisville coach on Lady Vol rumors

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -- Rumors are beginning to build in the wake of Holly Warlick's disappointing season with the Lady Vols.

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz addressed a report naming him as the next coach at Tennessee.

Walz was quick to shut down speculation.

“All these rumors get started every year in March,” Walz said. “It never changes and it’s not gonna change ... Their job’s not open. I’m not gonna worry about that, and we’re gonna focus on our basketball team.”

Now in her seventh season as head coach after replacing the legendary Pat Summitt, Warlick is at the center of speculation the university could move on from one of its most longstanding figures in the athletics department.

“We’ve already talked about it,” Walz said when asked if he’s addressed the rumors with his team. "I told Dana (Evans). She texted me last night. I’m holding out for the Lakers job.

“We’ve had a wonderful time here," Walz added. "Our goal is to keep this thing going and win a national championship.”