This weekend’s snowstorm is the not the first Geno Auriemma has had to deal with in his 28 coaching career at Connecticut. And it won’t be his last.
But amazingly, Auriemma said Friday that nasty weather has never caused his program to be late or miss a road game in his career.
“There was a time when Miami was still in the Big East that we [the team] had a lot of trouble getting out [of Connecticut],” Auriemma said. “I remember that we arrived in Florida at midnight on a Friday for a Saturday noon game. That’s the closest call I can remember.
“We played the game, it ended at 2 p.m., and we came right home by 7 or 8 that night. That’s the closest call I can remember.”
The Big East leaves the responsibility to getting to road games to those traveling, trusting they will do all they can to get where they must be.
DePaul, which plays at Gampel Pavilion on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., is planning to take a charter flight from Chicago early Saturday afternoon in hopes of arriving at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks before 4 p.m.
Since UConn was closed Friday due to the snow, the No. 3 Huskies were not able to practice. Auriemma said he hopes to have them work out Saturday.
“Our original plan for the week, which is standard when we have a Tuesday-Sunday game [as the Huskies did this week], is to play Tuesday, lift [strength training] on Wednesday, be off Thursday and practice Friday and Saturday.
“But we knew things would be closed [Friday] so we rounded everyone up for practice last night [Thursday] and took today off. We’ll practice Saturday, if we can get our support people to campus. I don’t foresee a problem with that. So far, this has only been a little inconvenience, nothing like some others will be going through [because of the storm.”
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