Auriemma, Mulkey Shared In Some Pregame Fun Monday Night

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, center, pats Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey on her backside before their NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

You just never know what type of exchange UConn coach Geno Auriemma and the opposing coach are going to share when they briefly meet before a game. Auriemma and Baylor coach Kim Mulkey had one that could be categorized as playful, fun and, above all, harmless Monday night at the XL Center.

Auriemma was caught by a photographer from The Associated Press patting Mulkey on the backside. Here is his take on how exchange went down …

“She was staring at my butt and she was commenting on it and I said, ‘Really? How about yours?’ and she went, `Yeah, look at it,’ and I went (slap), I’ll teach you a lesson,’’ Auriemma said, jokingly. `And then she started talking about how she only dated Italians her whole life and that she wanted me to set her up with some Italians and I said `The Italians I send to see you aren’t going to date you.’ We’ve had a long and great relationship since, gosh, she was an assistant at Louisiana Tech. It goes back a long ways.

“She’s just a big pain in the butt. That’s all there is to it.’’