Created:Wednesday, May 12, 2010 10:56 p.m.CST

Owens takes job at Notre Dame

Former Northern Illinois head women's basketball coach Carol Owens was named an associate women's basketball coach at Notre Dame on Wednesday. (Chronicle file photo)

So much for better balance.

A whole two weeks after announcing her resignation as the Northern Illinois women's basketball coach, citing a need to focus more on her personal life, Carol Owens was named an associate women's basketball coach at Notre Dame on Wednesday.

"I am very happy to be back at Notre Dame," Owens said in a news release. "It's a place that is so dear to my heart and the people there have been wonderful to me. I've had such a great relationship with Coach (Muffet) McGraw over the years, but I never thought I would have the chance to work with her again, and it was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up. I'm really looking forward to getting started."

Notre Dame did not reply to an interview request to speak with Owens.

Owens spent 10 years as an assistant at Notre Dame before coming to NIU, where she spent five seasons at her alma mater. Owens was 66-81 in five seasons with the Huskies.

On April 29, Owens said this: “I want to focus more on my personal life, and what those things are, I feel like they’re private,” Owens said. “They’re things that I hold dear to my heart.”

The more interesting aspect to this might be financial. According to Owens' contract with NIU, if Owens resigns to take another coaching position during the third or fourth year of a four-year deal she signed with NIU in 2008, she must pay 25 percent of her $150,000 base salary for the remaining years of the contract.

Although it should be pointed out that technically Owens resigned for personal reasons, then took a coaching job two weeks later, had she resigned directly to take another coaching job, she would have owed NIU $75,000. The timing might be grounds for NIU to attempt to recover at least some of the money Owens would have owed.

A call late Wednesday seeking comment from NIU athletic director Jeff Compher was not returned.

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