Evan Smith: First off, Coach, I’d like you to end the mystery about why you decided to step down after 31 years as the University of Texas at Austin’s women’s basketball coach. Some people have speculated that you were pushed, even though you’ve said it was your decision.
Jody Conradt: It certainly was my decision, and I think [women’s athletics director] Chris Plonsky and the administration at UT would substantiate that. I’d been thinking about it for a while. Thirty-one years is long to be at any institution, particularly in a coaching role. I had a wonderful opportunity to [watch the program] go from a time when women’s basketball was totally in obscurity to a time when it has a lot of visibility, but I’d gotten to the point where I thought it would be fun to have my own life back, to control my schedule, to not be in a situation that’s so stressful. It’s a roller-coaster ride, and everything you do is scrutinized.
ES: The fact is, you came off a season in which the Longhorns