Apparently, Geno Doesn’t Look His Age

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UConn coach Geno Auriemma pointed out that he recruited Saint Joseph’s coach Cindy Griffin in the late 1980s. She visited UConn, but chose St. Joe’s and she’s been head coach at her alma mater for 12 years.
Auriemma’s first coaching job was as an assistant at St. Joe’s in 1978-79. One of the players was Renie Shields, who is now associate athletic director at St. Joe’s.
And the big win that season was an upset of nationally-ranked Penn State, then coached by current Hartford athletic director Pat Meiser. She was later an administrator at UConn and was among those who hired Auriemma.
“Think I ain’t old? I’m old,” Auriemma said. “So If I make any mistakes [Saturday] it’s because I’m old.”

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23 thoughts on “Apparently, Geno Doesn’t Look His Age

  1. Then and Now

    If Geno looks at his videos from 2007 and now, he’d know he’s aged , a lot. He looks like his son in 2007. Now he looks like his father.
    Apparently it hasn’t been much fun in the last 6 years.
    He is no longer being told he is God–now some people think is the owner of the place much lower.

    Games are available on Direct TV for 16 dollars per game, with a 5 dollars surcharge if you order it by phone rather than the internet.

    1. 3 Cheers for old DirecTV

      geno has not looked well to me for a while. looks like he is physical pain at times.
      before summitt made her announcement she aged quickly. her team had bizarre losses including in march madness. then her team just looked like uconn has at times this year. looks like kids forgetting team basketbll. anyway hope its just natural aging with auriemma and that nothing is seriously wrong.

      1. Candle burning

        Geno does not have dementia. He has neck and back problems–
        Also, he has burned his coaching candle at 4 ends and at 58 your energy only goes so far–you have to conserve it. Wine, Restaurants,Olympics, USA BB, Head of the Coaching association and 100 other interests.
        What Geno needs is a month off in Italy or the Beaches of NJ or in South Philly. To regenerate is motors.
        No it’s not Pat Summitts disease–he’s tired!!!

        1. Candle burning

          UConn AD should have a chat with Geno because he has not given his best effort but should with that enormous salary

          1. Tom

            You are a complete ass for ragging a hall of fame coach who built the UConn women’s program from nothing.

    2. TGIGG

      “He is no longer being told he is God”

      Oh really?, not in my neck of the woods.

      UConn women’s basketball is my religion, Gample is my temple, Geno is my God.

      TGIGG

        1. TGIGG

          Imposter and coward. The real TGIGG did not say that @ 9:07. At least you could invent your own name, if you’re not capable I will help you, how about phonycopycat?

      1. TEAM

        blasphamy . Your neck or your woods must be in the REDNECK belt. Gampel is the UConn arena.
        Geno isn’t “over the hill” yet but he certainly does not have the “spark” he had 4 years earlier.
        Give him another DT and he’ll wake up again–
        True GODS do not wait for a “savior” to show up and make his team good–now if you want to talk about one who create’s “Saviors” look at Muffet-
        CAble, Maubrey, McBride, Jewel, Achonwa–talents that became STARS under Muffets’ coaching style. No God just a very good coach.

    3. Geno aged

      If you look at the short pudgey guy with the dyed hair–who holds his index finger over his lips and does an Arthur Kennedy impression on the side lines–then you look at him in 2008, a young darker haired, thinner , guy–
      This is an OLD, OLD man. He’ll never stay as long as Bobby Knight, or Calhoun–he’s aging too fast. With his money there is no reason for his wife to NOT want him to retire to Calhouns old summer home on Hilton Head–or Avalon, NJ where his summer home is, or Italy which has better rules for Elections than the USA–his mother won’t have to have a picture ID there. They only have the Mafia–no random killings, only those directed by the Mafia. He’d love Italy.

  2. Mike

    So we have an ailing, preoccupied, old and tired coach? I guess that helps explain our recent woes.

    1. Bracchus

      We have a coach that is fa to quick to throw his players under the bus. His act wears thin after being repeated ad infinitum over and over again. Let’s talk about the positive aspects of some of our players. I am particularly miffed at his lack of appreciation for KML. That young lady played 55 minutes in that triple overtime loss to ND. Please. Let’s give some credit where credit is due.

  3. UconnFan

    When I see the few disgruntled fanatics picking negatively on Geno, I guess it is a good thing that the Kentucky coach was not coaching here. Wins the NCAA in 2012 with the best recruiting class in the country and fails to make the big dance and loses in the first round of the NIT. They would have him nailed to the cross by now.

    1. Kentucky Win 2012 NCAA??

      Lets see Baylor 2012, A^M, Stanford–I saw no Kentucky team in the last 12 years winning the NCAA Women’s Championship.

      If you are talking Kentucky Men–they’ve been up and down for the last 10 year and their fans have fired a few and retire another, and hated every “losing” coach. So take your UK act somewhere else–
      Programs that expect to win every year –when they don’t they damn the coach-Uconn is not unusual. Ask coach K–he’s had lots of flack.

  4. UconnFan

    Geno deserves ALL the criticism he gets. Fans on this chat and the dumb a$$ boneyard crucify others for criticizing players. Yet Geno does it all the time in the press. Geno has NOT given hist best effort this season. Half the time Geno has his head between his knees looking at the floot. That’s not coaching. Cameras catch Geno in timeouts either screaming or speechless. That’s not coaching. One player recruting classes twice in five years. Only two verbals so far for the following year. Geno deserves MORE criticism than what he is getting. Unfortunately the HC, CP, and NHR writers are too chicken sheet to confront Geno with VALID tough questions.

  5. Tony

    I can’t believe all the negative remarks coming out in this column. where is it written that you have to win all the games?. the 3 times the women lost to the Irish those games were winnable and last second errors on our part led to the loss. Gino has done all he could to bring these women along and while I don’t agree with how he talks negatively about some players it is his way to motivate them. does anyone remember the Name Tina Charles who he said awful things about?. well Tina became all world when she graduated and was quoted as saying she owed it all to Gino.
    let’s face it folks you can never please all the people but if you could do better than Gino, it would be you on the sidelines. everyone has a opinion after the game, but I beg you “Jock Experts” to tone it down a bit.

    1. Steve Gee

      If UConn dominates, there’s carping about the lack of parity in the women’s game. Geno gets ALL the top recruits and that’s unfair, and that truly, they really do stink despite the record. And Geno is a horrible coach, despite the record.

      If they play some tight games, or (god forbid)lose a few, there’s cries of “what’s wrong with the Huskies?” and carping about how UConn stinks because they DON’T dominate every game. And Geno is a horrible coach, AND a bad recruiter of talent, despite the record.

      There is no “winning” for these couched fools who are too used to playing fantasy baseball or pressing buttons on their X-Box controllers.
      They utterly avoid reality, and therefore are devoid of expressing anything resembling a rational thought.
      These trolls have convinced themselves that they, and they alone have all the answers – if only people would respond to the commands sent from their keyboards.

      They’re still trolls, no matter how many unclever names they use.

        1. Steve Gee

          That’s exactly the logical, reasoned, well balanced and thoughtful response I expected.

          Thank you for further illustrating the point.

  6. Irene Arabek

    Hi Geno- Happy 59th Birthday — 10 more years and you will be as old as me…………LOL……not funny – just scary…………enjoy every day of your life———-GO UCONN AND GENO …………<3

  7. fanofit

    Geno is indeed still a great coach and recruiter. If he can get top talent from clear across the country, then nothing else matters in coaching. A POY high school recruit is only traveling that far if the coach is great great great. The only other choice these POY players will make is to stay home regardless of coach i.e. Diggins, Grinner, Simms.

  8. FREDDYKOOL

    WOW SURPRISED AT ALL THE NUTCASES ON HERE. WE HAVE 30 WINS FOR PROBABLY THE 30TH TIME AND OUR 4 LOSES WERE BY ONLY ABOUT 8 POINTS. WE HAVE A TOUGH ROAD FOR NUMBER “8” ONLY GRINER AND WIGGINS IN THE WAY. h’mmmmmmmm TSK,TSK, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS I LOVE UCONN, GENO, ALL THE COACHES PLAYERS FOR ALL THE THRILLS OVER THE YEARS, AND HAPPY 59 GENO AND MANY MANY MORE, HERE’S HOPING THEY ALL GO THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO. U R “KOOL”

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