Source: Auriemma Was Top Target For Ohio State

Geno Auriemma is not going anywhere. He signed a five-year, $10.86 million contract this week to remain the head coach at UConn through the 2017-18 season. But that did not mean that he did not have other options.

A source confirmed today that Auriemma was the No. 1 target to replace Jim Foster at Ohio State. The university announced Tuesday that Foster would not return next season despite being the Buckeyes’ all-time time leader in wins (279) and winning percentage (.722) over his 11-year tenure.

An Ohio State intermediary contacted Auriemma to gauge his interest in the position and basically threw a blank check at him in an attempt to lure him to Columbus, Ohio. No formal offer was made.

A source indicated that it would have been difficult for Auriemma to replace Foster, who gave him his first job as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s in 1978.

UConn released the details of Auriemma’s new contract Wednesday.