Geno Auriemma did not go off on an obscenity-laced tirade when he was asked about UConn being passed over by the ACC in favor of Louisville Wednesday. As a matter of fact, he did not even raise his voice.
Auriemma took a very diplomatic in his assessment of where UConn currently rests in the world of college realignment.
“I think if you spend a lot of time worrying about where you’re going to be next I think you’re wasting your time,’’ Auriemma said. “I’ve always said this is how I got to be where I am today … I just wanted to be really good at what I was doing. And I knew if I got really, really good at what I was doing somebody would want me. So that’s the way I do things now. I just want to be really good this year. I just want to have a really good team. I want my players to play well. I want us to reach our goals.
“And I think (UConn president) Susan (Herbst) and Warde (Manuel) and everybody wants the same thing. We just want to be really good where we are. We just want to win every championship that we can in the league that we’re in. And what happens beyond that is completely out of our control, as coaches especially. Maybe even as an AD and a President. There’s a lot of people out there that think you can politick for this stuff. That’s not how this stuff works. You don’t go on a campaign and get yourself into a different situation than the one you’re in now. It doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to make the most of the situation you’re in right now and that’s where we are.’’