In reading her bio on the UT website, I noted that she isn't married, and seemingly never has been. While this is certainly not even cursory evidence of someone being homosexual - unless said woman also refuses to give her number to some drunk frat guy in a bar, which I have been told is an unassailable sign of lesbianism - when combined with the persistent rumors of rampant lesbianism in women's sports, particularly in collegiate women's basketball, it caused me to at least consider the validity of the question, and the correctness of contemplating it. But, to be sure, I have absolutely no more idea if she is gay than I know about the sexual orientations of Dooley, Martin or Serrano, respectively. I'm just wondering if it's an entirely valid question to ponder, or not. Some would argue that it is of no importance, whatsoever, as it has nothing to do with her public life as head coach of the Lady Vols, which both is and should remains entirely separate from her private life. What goes on behind closed doors, should stay there, so to speak. Well, that's all well and good, until you consider the likes of Bobby Petrino, Rick Pitino, Tiger Woods and dozens of other sports figures, both active and retired, players and coaches. Where was the same "bright line" drawn for each of them, and which clearly separated their private lives from their professional careers? Given those examples, it seems impossible to say that she somehow deserves a stricter adherence to personal privacy than each of them, doesn't it? And if so, then what makes her different, exactly? As to the argument that it has nothing to do with her job, I would ask if it makes any more difference to her job than it does to any homosexual member of the U.S. Armed Forces. If we, as a society, believe that there should be no delineation made between a homo/heterosexual male standing guard than the other, why then must the sexual orientation of the person who is coaching our women's basketball team be of any greater significance? While it's true to say, "Well, she shouldn't be compelled to say one way or the other.", a better question might be, "Why hasn't the question at least been posed to her?" by a member of our local media? And if she is a lesbian, wouldn't her being named the head coach not only represent a a wonderful opportunity to celebrate her hiring to such a prominent position, but also, as a means of extolling the obviously deep and rich commitment which our University holds for the value and diversity of welcoming all to serve, regardless as to which sexual orientation they may belong? It seems that both Coach Warlick and our University may not only be missing an invaluable opportunity to promote themselves, but the advancement of the entirety of gay rights, as a whole. And for those of you who will read this believing that my tongue is in cheek, or that I have some secretly insidious motives, I'll simply refer you to the "My Brother-In-Law Is Gay Thread" which I started several months ago. Of course, you could equally rely on the fact that I would prefer that Richard Simmons be our head football coach, instead of Dooley, if it meant that we might more quickly ascend back to the pinnacle of the college football universe, once again. In fact, I don't care if he stood on the sidelines wearing bedazzled Daisy Dukes, so long as we held the lead against Bama, late into the fourth. So, is she a lesbian or not? But much more importantly, why am I the only one who is seemingly willing to even pose the question? Is it a valid one to be asked? And it it is (privately) know that she is a lesbian, why not use her hiring to advance the gay / lesbian cause?