MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota women's basketball coach Brenda Oldfield, who steered the Gophers from the Big Ten's basement to the league's elite in her first season, says she'll listen to other coaching offers if they come.
With nearly 40 Division I head coaching jobs available, it's likely Oldfield will attract interest.
"I will always return any phone call I receive," Oldfield told the Star Tribune in a story published Friday. "I would take it from there, one step at a time."
Women's athletic director Chris Voelz declined Thursday to say whether any schools had sought permission to speak to Oldfield. Oldfield said she hasn't yet heard from anyone.
Oldfield's salary is low compared to other Big Ten coaches, and her relationship with Voelz recently has been tense, the Star Tribune reported.
Oldfield's base salary of $130,000 is much less than many other top programs throughout the country, including the vacant position at Ohio State, where former coach Beth Burns was paid more than $300,000.
Oldfield has four years remaining on the five-year contract she signed last June. In the fourth year of her contract, her salary would automatically adjust to the Big Ten median salary for head women's basketball coaches, if that figure exceeded her salary. The contract does not contain a buyout clause.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder earns a base salary of $251,000. Wisconsin coach Jane Albright earns slightly more than $210,000.
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