Auriemma Says Team Will Be Back -- Po...

Auriemma Says Team Will Be Back -- Politics, University of Conn...

There are 56 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Auriemma Says Team Will Be Back -- Politics, University of Conn.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

T AMPA, Fla. - The smarter team won. Whether the team with superior players won, well, that's to be debated in Connecticut until Elena Delle Donne shows up next fall and Geno Auriemma breaks out the basketballs ...

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StringerFan

Morganville, NJ

#41 Apr 7, 2008
Sorry but I forgot the link LOL http://rutgers.rivals.com/showmsg.asp...
Bob

United States

#42 Apr 7, 2008
Great job UCONN women. Can't wait for next year!!!
VOD

United States

#43 Apr 7, 2008
CT AAU D1 Coach wrote:
Geno is right.. They will be back and will match the feat of three straight National Championships.
RIGHT ON !
Jim

Arlington, TX

#44 Apr 7, 2008
StringerFan wrote:
Sorry but I forgot the link LOL http://rutgers.rivals.com/showmsg.asp...
Sounds as if she got a pants down spanking....now try and get that image out of your mind!!
Marjorie

South Dennis, MA

#45 Apr 7, 2008
Gary C wrote:
I think that Coach Auriemma was guilty of looking ahead to his personal grudge match against Pat Summit. In doing so, he got out-coached last night in a big way.
Couldn't agree more, sad though it is. YES, the TEAM will be back - but it's time for Geno to go, IMHO!!!
weisgarber

United States

#46 Apr 7, 2008
Geno, Geno, Geno. What happened Geno? Still in shock? It is really tough at times being a Pat Summitt wannabe, isn't it Geno?
FREDDY KOOL

Palm Coast, FL

#47 Apr 7, 2008
IF RENEE HAD MADE A THIRD OF THE SHOTS SHE MISSED WE WOULD OF WON THE GAME BY FIVE, TO ME, WE NEVER WORKED THE BALL AROUND, WE SEEMED LIKE WE WERE IN SUCH A BIG HURRY TO GET THE SHOT OFF ALL THE TIME. HAD WE SLOWED THE PACE OF THE GAME DOWN AND LOOKED FOR THE PLAYS THAT GOT US HERE ALL YEAR LONG WE WOULD HAVE WON. NEVER THE LESS IT WAS A GREAT YEAR AND I SAW SOME FANTASTIC BASKETBALL AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GIRLS MAKING UCONN NATION LOVE THEM ALL THE MORE. AND ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!!!!!!
"GO HUSKIES"
MDct

East Granby, CT

#48 Apr 7, 2008
After thinking about my post, I think I was too critical. But there's no sense blaming this on the loss of 2 players. Stanford played more like UConn than UConn did and that's why they won.
Renee Montgomery, the heart and soul of this team , should not have to try and be Mel Thomas, she should just be Renee Montgomery and that would be great enough. The whole team has looked tired the last few games. The loss is harder to swallow because you feel bad for the team. Us fans will have to suck it up and show some fortitude. GREAT YEAR UCONN!, and again thanks for making those long winter nights a little brighter!
FREDDY KOOL

Palm Coast, FL

#49 Apr 7, 2008
he is still the greates wrote:
The article is a bit strange: Stanford with higher IQ? I think Genor Auriemma is an absolute basketball genius. His teams are even more interesting to watch then the North Carolina and UCLA men's teams under Dean Smith and John Wooden.
To be honest, UConn hasn't really had the top talent for several years now. Although we have Tina Charles and Maya Moore, Rutgers probably has had more overall talent for at least the past couple of years. And every year Tennessee lands more top-rated recruits than UConn. Yet Geno continues to make superb use of slightly less talented players. Case in point: Ketia Swanier, an un-recruited guard who went for terrible to terrific over the course of four years and earned player of the game honors for the regional NCAA final game. That's all Geno.
Next year Geno will have a team that really does equal any team in talent: Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Elena Della Donne, Kalana Green coming back from injury, freshman phenom Tiffany Hayes with Kaili McClaren coming off the bench (she needs to get in much better shape to be a real star), and Lorin Dixon perhaps a factor, or perhaps not, depending on how she develops herself this summer.
That '08/'09 team will face an LSU with all of their starters gone, a Tennessee team with four of five starters gone, a Rutgers team with its two best players gone, a Maryland team with most of its starters gone, and same with Stanford.
UConn's big hole will be at point guard, that Renee Montgomery filled so well, and Ketia Swanier filled even better over the last part of the season. Ketia's gone, and someone will have to dish the ball off to Renee and others to keep the scoring going, and avoid the defensive pressure. Elena Della Donne, at 6'5", won't be doing that. Tiffany Hayes? A freshman point guard taking the team to the national championship? Not likely. Lorin Dixon? Problematic. So UConn still will have seven players, but a questionable point guard spot.
Good, but great? Hmmm... I'd love to see Jeff Jacobs ask Geno and write an article about it.
In any case, thanks to the UConn Huskies for another enjoyable, wonderful season.
GREAT POST U DA MAN
FREDDY KOOL

Palm Coast, FL

#50 Apr 7, 2008
ONE OTHER THING, ALL YOU SO CALLED BASKETBALL EXPERTS, AT LEAST YOU THINK YOU ARE THAT ARE KNOCKING OUR BELOVED GENO. THE REALLY BASKETBALL EXPERTS WHO REALLY KNOW THE GAME HAVE SELECTED HIM AS COACH OF THE YEAR AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AND AGAIN AND IN THE HALL OF FAME. SO YOU KNOW WHAT? GO TO THE CHARTER OAK BRIDGE!!!! H'MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Marjorie

South Dennis, MA

#51 Apr 7, 2008
Well, the "ALL CAPS" doesn't add much to your position, OMHO. Coaching changes will lead to better prospects for BOTH the men & woman teams!!! Huskies will be BACK!
Best Wishes

Hartford, CT

#52 Apr 8, 2008
he is still the greates wrote:
The article is a bit strange: Stanford with higher IQ? I think Genor Auriemma is an absolute basketball genius. His teams are even more interesting to watch then the North Carolina and UCLA men's teams under Dean Smith and John Wooden.
To be honest, UConn hasn't really had the top talent for several years now. Although we have Tina Charles and Maya Moore, Rutgers probably has had more overall talent for at least the past couple of years. And every year Tennessee lands more top-rated recruits than UConn. Yet Geno continues to make superb use of slightly less talented players. Case in point: Ketia Swanier, an un-recruited guard who went for terrible to terrific over the course of four years and earned player of the game honors for the regional NCAA final game. That's all Geno.
Next year Geno will have a team that really does equal any team in talent: Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Elena Della Donne, Kalana Green coming back from injury, freshman phenom Tiffany Hayes with Kaili McClaren coming off the bench (she needs to get in much better shape to be a real star), and Lorin Dixon perhaps a factor, or perhaps not, depending on how she develops herself this summer.
That '08/'09 team will face an LSU with all of their starters gone, a Tennessee team with four of five starters gone, a Rutgers team with its two best players gone, a Maryland team with most of its starters gone, and same with Stanford.
UConn's big hole will be at point guard, that Renee Montgomery filled so well, and Ketia Swanier filled even better over the last part of the season. Ketia's gone, and someone will have to dish the ball off to Renee and others to keep the scoring going, and avoid the defensive pressure. Elena Della Donne, at 6'5", won't be doing that. Tiffany Hayes? A freshman point guard taking the team to the national championship? Not likely. Lorin Dixon? Problematic. So UConn still will have seven players, but a questionable point guard spot.
Good, but great? Hmmm... I'd love to see Jeff Jacobs ask Geno and write an article about it.
In any case, thanks to the UConn Huskies for another enjoyable, wonderful season.
Caroline Doty may be able to help in the PG area.
Tenn Fan

Brandon, FL

#53 Apr 8, 2008
Geno Geno Geno,

Patty can tell you way more ways to win - its not just the players you need, we use the timekeepers too ! Just ask Rutgers ..... that .02 sec freeze at the end gave us another 5 seconds to score. Get with it.
Just Visiting

United States

#55 Apr 8, 2008
Whatever Pat wants - Pat gets, just ask the SEC, the NCAA, and ESPN - no matter who it hurts, players, parents, or the sport.
Marjorie

South Dennis, MA

#56 Apr 9, 2008
Just Visiting wrote:
Whatever Pat wants - Pat gets, just ask the SEC, the NCAA, and ESPN - no matter who it hurts, players, parents, or the sport.
Ummmm... Pat Summitt just earned another National Championship! She put Geno and our team into such fits that they couldn't see the forest through the trees!
UConn WILL be back!!
Just Visiting

Brandon, FL

#57 Apr 10, 2008
Marjorie - its how Pat won - just ask Rutgers (or Baylor)- when the clock gets to .02, your timekeepers stop the clock, then you score for another 5 seconds to win! Then you get the selection committee to set you up with the cupcake bracket. And did she mention her connections at ESPN?
Its not about class and and program that produces good graduates -- I think Pat says - "a wins a win"
(but at what cost)

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