DePaul coach Doug Bruno told me a few weeks ago that as much as he’d be flattered to be considered as the next Olympic coach, he didn’t want his name tossed into the ring because he still considers Geno Auriemma the national team coach.
“It’s still his job, far as I’m concerned,” Bruno said.
So I asked Auriemma after Thursday’s rout of Wake Forest at the Paradise Jam if he has reconsidered his original contention that he was one-and-done at the Olympic helm.
This is what he said:
“No, I haven’t given it any more thought and I haven’t had any conversation with anyone from USA Basketball about it,” Auriemma said. “In my mind, my job [with the national team] ended in London. I have no idea about the direction USA Basketball intends to go and neither does Doug or anyone else.
“Maybe Carol Callan [manager of USA Basketball's women program] or Jerry Colangelo [knows], but no one has shared any information with me, Doug or Marynell [Meadors] or Jen [Gillom]. And maybe that’s because they aren’t in a hurry to do any of that. It’s not important right now since its [the 2016 Olympics] still so far away.”
But the question remains: If not Geno or Doug Bruno, then who?