Geno Auriemma Happy For Gary Blair

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Texas A&M’s  veteran coach Gary Blair will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame next season in a class that includes Hartford coach Jen Rizzotti.

Blair’s head coaching career began in 1985 at Stephen A. Austin and continued at Arkansas and now with the Aggies, who he joined in 2003.

He has taken all three programs to the NCAA Tournament and Arkansas (1998) and A&M (2011) to the Final Four. He won his only national championship that year in Indianapolis.

Geno Auriemma was an assistant at Virginia when he first met Blair.

“I don’t exactly when it was that I met him, but I’m sure it was shortly after he spoke to Dr. Naismith about lowering the basket,” Auriemma said. “He’s been coaching so long that he’s must have been coaching since he was 12.

“As long as I can remember coaching women’s basketball, Gary Blair has always been a part of it. He was always a part of winning teams and surrounded by great players. It was fitting that he would win a national championship. Sometimes in  this game you are rewarded for what you’ve put into it and for doing it the right way.

“It doesn’t always happen that way, but I am glad it happened in his case. He’s done a lot for the game.”



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3 thoughts on “Geno Auriemma Happy For Gary Blair

  1. village idiot

    Blair is a gentleman and a great coach. He had a great recruiting class for 2012/13 and more coming in next year. He’s not finished yet. But he’s among the nicest guys to win the NCAA championship.
    Caroline Peck seems to agree with a lot of UConn fans–saying tomorrow UConn will be the number one team in the USA. But Caroline didn’t get to vote. Blair did. Vandeerver did, Mulkey did,
    It was nice that Mo Jeff (Jefferson) got to see her family and friends and played the game like a junior. Stewart played like a Freshman at times and a soph most of the time. Dolson played like a player of the year.

  2. Bobby Hutch

    Who writes this gibberish?

    ““I don’t exactly when it was that I met him……

    “He’s been coaching so long that he’s must have been coaching since he was 12.”

    1. billnaples

      First sentence screw up was probably the fault of whomever typed the copy (John or staff doesn’t matter). But the second sentence is straight from Geno’s mouth to your ears. Even as creative as John can be at times you can’t make up quotes like that.

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