Geno Drawing Unnecessary Fire From The Chattanoogan

Geno Auriemma has rubbed more than a few people the wrong way with some of comments during his 28-year Hall of Fame tenure at UConn. But he is wrongly drawing today for comments he made about tying former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s record of eight national championships following Tuesday’s 93-60 rout of Louisville in the NCAA tournament final.

Auriemma was extremely gracious and complimentary of Summitt during his postgame remarks, at one point saying “the only person I compare myself to is Pat Summitt. And to be there in that spot with her means a lot to me.’’

However, Randy Smith of The Chattanoogan completely took Auriemma’s remarks out of context and blasted him in this column …

Auriemma’s daughter, Alysa, came to Geno’s defense today after reading Smith’s piece.

Here is Alysa’s open letter to Smith