Geno Drawing Unnecessary Fire From The Chattanoogan

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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 

Rich

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  1. Gypsy says:

    Geno Auriemma is one of the greatest women’s basketball coaches EVER. The only coach better than him is Pat Summitt, and despite the rivalry between the two schools Auriemma and Summitt are – believe it or not – friends. Auriemma has always held Ms. Summitt to a higher degree of esteem than just about anyone in the field of women’s basketball, including himself. For Auriemma to feel “honored to be in the same circle as Pat Summitt” is probably the best reward that Geno Auriemma can ever claim.