Busy day with the UConn/Olympic coach Wednesday as he reflected on helping the USA win gold in London.
He said he wasn’t interested in a second term.
He said chocolate mint chip ice cream is his favorite.
He said he knew Asjha Jones of the Connecticut Sun would help him win one game at the Olympics and she did [Australia].
He said he was more interested in spending the next four years with his young UConn players than training for Rio in 2016.
And he said he wasn’t concerned that losing Michala Johnson and Lauren Engeln to transfer would hurt his 2012-13 team in any way.
“Unfortunately or fortunately, for Michala and Lauren, them not being here is probably a blessing for them and a blessing for us,” said Auriemma. “They were not going to play this season. Now we have 11 players who, for the most part, are all going to play and will in some way will be deserving to play and that will even help our practices be more competitive. I am looking forward to that. We haven’t that in a while.
“You take chances on kids when you recruit them. They aren’t all Jamelle Elliotts, Meghan Pattysons or Jessica Moores. Some kids that you take chances on get to UConn and it doesn’t work. And while they are here and its not working out its a drain, believe me.
“I know everyone loved to see them in the last 2 minutes. But what the fans don’t realize was, it was a drain on the team because they couldn’t keep up with the team at practice. And it made it difficult. So I feel this season is going to be more competitive than ever for playing time.”
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