Brian Agler Says He Wouldn’t Be Surprised If USA Basketball Still Wants Geno

by Categorized: Brian Agler, Geno Auriemma, Sue Bird, UConn women's basketball, USA Basketball Date:

We ask Geno Auriemma the question just ab0ut every three months: Do you want to return to coach the 2014 World Championship and 2016 Olympic team. So far he has steadfastly said no. But to this point, USA Basketball still has not named a replacement.

On Friday in New Jersey, Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said it was “Geno’s job” if he wants it. And on Sunday, Seattle coach Brian Agler, considered a strong candidate for the job, also said he wouldn’t be surprised if USA Basketball is still trying to talk Auriemma into taking the job again.

Agler said he hasn’t been interviewed by USA Basketball.

“I think [the Olympic committee] is trying to mirror the men’s situation [it talked Duke's Mike Krzyzewski into a third term],” Agler said. “And if that’s the case, I would not be surprised if they haven’t just gone back and asked Geno Auriemma to coach again because of the success he’s had and the great players he’s had come through the program. It’s a natural.

“But at the same time, he’s the only one who can make that decision and he has a big job to do at UConn.”

  Meanwhile, Sue Bird, USA’s point guard and the former UConn All-American, says she has no idea who or what is coming next at the helm.

  “I don’t know what to say about that,” Bird said Sunday. “The interesting thing about it this time around is you always seemed to be able tell who was next in line [to be coach].
“For me, in my little career, its gone from Van Chancellor (in 2004) to Anne Donovan (in 2008) and then to Coach Auriemma (in 2012). After Van, you knew it would be Anne next and after Anne you figured Geno would take over.

 “But this time around there hasn’t been that [natural successor]. That’s why this is taking time, especially since Coach Auriemma has made it clear he didn’t want the job. That’s been kind of floating out there.”

The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.