Geno Auriemma Not Discouraged By Latest ACC News

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Geno Auriemma continues to be more incredulous than disappointed about the way things are moving regarding UConn and the ACC.

“I made a comment last week [at the Paradise Jam] that if you are spending much of your time worrying about, then you are wasting your time,” he said Wednesday night.

“This is how I got to where I am today: I just wanted to be really good at what I was doing. I knew if I could accomplish that, somebody would want me. That’s the way I still do things. I want to be really good this season. I want to have a really good team. I want my players to play well. I want us to reach our goals.

“And I believe Susan Herbst and Warde Manuel want the same thing. We just want to be really good where we are. We want to win every championship we can in the league we are in. And what happens after that is completely out of our control, as coaches especially, maybe even as athletic directors and presidents.

“You don’t go on campaigns [to be invited to join leagues]. That’s not how it works. You have to make the most of the situation you are in now. And that’s where we are.”

Auriemma knows Louisville AD Tom Jurich and said he hadn’t heard his comment today that “UConn wasn’t penciled in [to join the ACC]. It was penned in.” That seems to indicate that Louisville did something to change the attitude of the ACC presidents.

“I have no idea about that,” Auriemma said. “That’s news to me.”

Maybe the reason Geno doesn’t seem so concerned is that many still believe Clemson and Florida State are headed out of the ACC soon, which would create more openings UConn could fill.

Who knows, right?


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7 thoughts on “Geno Auriemma Not Discouraged By Latest ACC News

  1. mikeinmanila

    I agree wih Geno….just focus on the things you can control…like winning championships and building a great academic institution (e.g., gaining AAU status).

    Manuel was clearly out marketed by Jurich (although he is far better than Hathaway). Warde is going to have to “step up his game” to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

    In the meantime, CT…and UConn alums…. need to step up to the plate and financially support UConn if they want a top flight public university going forward.

  2. puboffender

    Geno’s analysis is spot on – To borrow from another context, the quickest way NOT to get invited to join Augusta Naional Golf Club is . . .to let it be known that you WANT to join.

  3. buddy

    I think UConn sat silently over the years as realignment unfolded and now has been left on the sidelines. Geno can schedule big names out of conference to keep the women nationally prominent. The same can not be said for men’s football and basketball. They will be relegated to playing lesser teams and the programs and the university will suffer for it. Herbst and Manuel dropped the ball here themselves, even though the problem started before their arrival. You can only partially blame their failings on the previous administration, as they needed to be proactive as soon as they came on board.

  4. Poppins Mary

    All of you who think the ACC is not aware of how much UConn wants to join the ACC are kidding yourselves. ESPN, the Courant, and a dozen Media outlets around the country have for years been speaking to how much UConn Wants the ACC affiliation. Uconn (probably) doesn’t meet the ACC football and mens basketball level of play to make the Conference more Media friendly. REMEMBER IT’S ALL ABOUT TV MONEY. DON’T THINK FOR A MOMENT IT’S THE TICKETS THAT FUND THOSE PROGRAMS–IT’S THE MEDIA TV. ESPN, SNY, NBC SPORT, CBS SPORTS ETC–THAT’S WHERE THE MONEY IS–AS the man once said, follow the money.

  5. hjoerring

    I think Uconn should just sit and position itself in the new(er) BE. A quick look at the incoming schools shows that we will be superior in some sports– like WBB, WFH,and a couple more, but overall we shouldn’t be so superior that things begin to look like UCONN vs. Colgate. If and when the football schools leave the ACC for whereever, should we beg for an invitation? Should we try for the Big Ten? Are we really a Big Ten sort of school? How far is too far? My big concern with the realig. is that the student athl. will be spending more time on the road then in classrooms. Can you imagine a game in Houston on mon. and another in Cinn., then Queens,NY? We all know that travelling catches up with your body sooner then later. Yes, the BE is a mess and may not improve for some time, but it might worth fighting through. Tobacco road may not be what it used to be– the emperor may just be as naked as the BE, if we would pause long enough to look.

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