- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2011

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) - Virginia coach Debbie Ryan says when she told her team she was resigning after 34 years, they were “all in” to keep playing if they receive a WNIT bid.

Ryan met with reporters Monday, two days after she announced she was stepping down.

The Cavaliers (16-15) are hoping to receive an invitation to the WNIT Monday night, and they resumed practicing on Sunday, a day after Ryan’s resignation was announced.

Virginia is not expected to get into the NCAA tournament, a reality made worse with the university hosting first- and second-round games.

Ryan says she has been overwhelmed by phone calls and e-mail. Though she declined to say whether the resignation was her idea, Ryan says she still considers herself a basketball coach and didn’t rule out coaching again elsewhere.

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