Warde Manuel On Auriemma’s New Deal

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Here is what UConn’s athletic director, Warde Manuel, has to say about the renegotiation process that led to today’s announcement regarding Coach Auriemma’s new five-year, $10.8 million deal:

“It was very hard to compare Geno’s situation to the market [for women's basketball coaches].  But we wanted to make sure what we did, and do it for all of our coaches, was to reward for success. And there is no doubt that Geno has been very successful – by all measures. So in looking things, such as percentage of increase and such, we took it all into consideration and put forth an offer to him that was the product of how we viewed that success, not only on the court, but to the university and the athletic department.

“It’s hard to discern how his salary relates to the amount of income his program and his efforts help generate for the university. But from what we can tell, we are one of the top revenue generators, if not the best, in women’s basketball. So on top of the goodwill and positive attributes he brings to the department and university, he also helps us generate revenue in many ways.

“There’s also a lot that women’s basketball does for the university that doesn’t result in direct revenue. We are the only women’s team in the nation with its own television deal [SNY]. He brings consistency, success and many other positive things to UConn. He’s been in 20 straight Sweet 16s. That’s a remarkable achievement.

“Many of our fans have come to expect and believe that its just what happens. For many of our students, its all that they’ve known in their lifetimes. From my perspective, he brings more to the table from a financial standpoint than we may even be providing [him] because of what he does for us in development and promotional activities.”

Manuel said the negotiating process, which began before the Paradise Jam Tournament in November, was beyond amicable.

“Geno and his attorney [Sol Kerensky] were great to deal with through this entire process,” Manuel said. “It’s not easy to go through everything, but it was very relaxed. I don’t think any of us ever viewed it as more than a conversation, certainly not a hard-charging negotiation.

“I always take these [negotiations] seriously in how we approach things. There is always a back-and-forth and eventually you reach an understanding and ultimately come out with a contract.”




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38 thoughts on “Warde Manuel On Auriemma’s New Deal

  1. Overpaid & Overrated

    5 more years of Geno bashing
    5 more years of Geno Gestapo

  2. Youcon Fann

    Hopefully getting all that money will keep the price of the spaghetti and meatballs down at his new restaurant opening later this year.



    1. Freddy Unkool


      I absolutely agree with you. Can you believe that?? Finally an agreement.

      Nice honest non combative opinion. Wonderful!!!

  4. final four forseer

    geno has lost it as a coach, but his negotiating skills are still top notch.

    1. Huh?

      Yes, he’s totally lost it. 31-4 record this year, lost to the two best teams in the nation in games that they could have won (due to his game plan). Has a top reserve out with an ACL tear. Dismantled Stanford at Palo Alto and a talented Duke team. Funny…our spoiled UConn fans think when they win it is the players, when they lose it is Geno. Amazing that every respectable basketball analyst in the country…to include his former players…know it is the opposite. But what do they know. Keep fueling that Geno hate baby…can’t wait until he leaves and the program goes back to middle-of-the-pack status on the national stage and idiots like you are scratching their heads…

  5. final four forseer

    dear huh?
    what respectable basketball “analyst” are you referring to? what did these “analyst” have to say about the idiotic play he set-up to loose the be champ. to nd. even a drinker of the geno kool-aid like you has to realize the stupidity of that play. as i’ve said “even my biddy basketball coach wouldn’t set-up a play like that”. also i like to see things as I see them and make up my own mind and not have some respectable “analyst” make up my mind for me. it’s a GAME, how much respect can someone get from analysing a GAME. also i don’t think you are an idiot just because your ideas (or some analyst’s ideas) are different than mine.
    final fore doofus, you really don’t have to call yourself a “doofus” (your word not mine) just because you can spell and/or type better than the rest of us.

    1. Huh?

      Pick an analyst. Any one. Any former player if that doesn’t work for you. Do you even listen to them during the games, or keep the volume down so you can listen to Bieber in the background? Sure…you don’t have to agree with them. But understand that the arguments you make are exactly the opposite of what they say about the coach. Why is that? because yours are based on emotion, and theirs are based on knowledge of the game. What is this Geno kool aid I keep hearing about? Some kind of magical drink that mysteriously makes us think he has led his team to 7 championships, 20 Sweet Sixteens, and an unprecedented number of Final Fours and undefeated seasons? If you were born in 1990, you realize this program was nothing before he made it into what it is today. Your personal dislike of him, for whatever reason that may be, can’t change the fact that he is the greatest coach in WBB history. So yes…you have the right to think whatever it is you want as a fan. But to not understand how the game is played, or to acknowledge success, shows that you haven’t got a clue. Such is the beauty of sports…a fan can mouth off all they want about how the Seattle Mariners are a better franchise than the New York Yankees. That is their right. But just understand, when you don’t have the facts and the stats to back your emotional claims up, you’re never going to be taken seriously.

      1. MaryAnne Hartley

        I turn off the sound. I get gametracker on my laptop and do my own analysis.
        These bubble heads –if they’ve known anything about BB they’ve forgotten it. The are like the internet–few have any REAL facts–my opinion is usually better than theirs.
        Even Lobo whom I always loved–speaks thru her hat at time.
        Remember their job is to fill the air with words–not necessarily correct words–just don’t let there be “dead air”.
        I want to know who was fouled who did it, how many fouls on that person, why the last whistle, who it was on, what are the refs looking at, how many point has the last scorer made (in this game).
        But 90 percent of the bubble heads speak of may’s new dress, what tie geno is wearing, etc–non game issues.

        1. Führer und Storrskanzler

          Geno Juice lover does her own analysis
          Bet your Führer consults with you after
          every game

      2. Opine Opinions

        Opinions are opinions. If you want facts get a Encyclopedia. The wonderful thing about facts are : Everyone has their own version of what is or is not a Fact.
        Our best liars lie with numbers and facts.

        Fans, true fans, work mostly on EMOTIONS. Many times we know our team will lose,hasn’t a chance–but we blow hot air on how we shall massacre the bums.
        Statisticians who are fans know all the numbers–but that obsessive, compulsive.

        1. Obsessive-Compulsive

          Yes, that is why professional scouts and coaches on the recruiting trail don’t bother with statistics and analysis. Much better to base your assessment on whether a coach or player is considered good or bad on things like how they handle a press conference or how cute she looks. Tough to come up with a good way to lie about 7 championships and owning pretty much every meaningful streak in WBB. Opinions are great when they have some valid conclusions attached to them. When they don’t, they are nothing but chatter. So yes, keep those uninformed opinions coming and don’t waste time with the facts. Delaware is the best team in the nation…Skylar Diggins sucks…Geno is washed up…blah, blah, blah…

          1. compulz

            Compulsive So, how many scouts do you personally know. Have you actually seen their “analysis”?? I assume you are speaking from knowledge–since you seem to deplore Opinions based on emotions.

            Yet you’ve proven That this is about opinions and that was your’s Compulsive/obsessive.

            Numbers don’t lie, liars lie with numbers. Good sporting analysis, as I am told, is 90 percent on watching the athlete and 10 percent on the numbers. Why else would Geno and his team spend so much time watching recruits in person or on video?? He can get those number easily and without travel.

            I wish you a good day, and that you continue to present your opinions–no matter how terrible I or others may think them.

          2. Obsessive Compulsive

            Compulz…whatever. You bore me. I’ll keep basing my assessment of Coach Auriemma based on those silly little things like what his former players and peers say and his unparalleled number of professional accomplishments. You can stick to basing it on if he yelled at one of your favorite players or his hair. Talk to me when you have something more than raw emotion to defend your position, and for heaven’s sake…don’t let facts get in the way of reality.

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  6. Davidinnaples

    In the last 15 years, 23 different teams have reached the Final Four in Women’s basketball. Among those teams are SW Missouri State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan State, Georgia and Lousiana Tech, along with the better known teams like UConn (10), Tennessee (7)and Stanford (3). Getting to within two wins of being National Champion may easier than many bloggers think. However, only 7 teams have won the title. UConn (6), Tennessee (3) and Baylor (2) account for 11 of the 15 titles. Purdue, Notre Dame, Maryland and Texas A&M won the other four. Duke, Stanford and Notre Dame have lost the final game twice each. UConn is 6-0 in title games. (7-0 if you go back 18 years.) The constant in that 15 years of excellence is Geno Auriemma and great players recruited and coached by Geno (and CD). The evidence is obvious that Geno is a great recruiter and a great coach. No amount of hating or kool aid can change the facts.

    1. Wish I said that

      David in Naples–Excellent, just excellent.
      You did a lot of digging. I suspected that was the truth, but you’ve proven it.

      So much for there hasn’t been parity and only one , two or three have won the NC or got to the final four.

      1. Huh?

        Thanks David in Naples. Someone else who finally understands basketball. But disregard what I just wrote. After all, that is now technically in the past and is no longer relevant.

    2. Führer und Storrskanzler

      2000 to 2012
      UConn 6
      Tennessee 2
      Baylor 2

      if Baylor or UConn wins 2013 NC
      3 teams would have won 11 of 14 titles


      1. DavidinNaples

        In the last 7 championships, 5 different teams have won. (Maryland, Tennessee, UConn, Texas A&M and Baylor) Even the 7 losing teams had 5 different schools. (Rutgers, Stanford, Louisville, Duke and Notre Dame) That is 10 different teams out of 14 spots. Mein Fuhrer, that is PARITY…ya?

    3. Don't confuse me with the facts

      Right off the bat, let me admit the following: I am by no means a Kool-Aid connoisseur. In fact, to be perfectly honest, having grown up on the stuff… I don’t even really like it all that much. I know, I know… and I’m sorry. However, there are people in this great Internet of ours who do really, REALLY appreciate Kool-Aid for all its subtle nuances and flavor variations and, if you are interested in wonderful write-ups and full synopses of each packet, please, check this out. So, as such, I will not be giving an all-out run down of each flavor, instead, it’s a look into a bit of exhaustive research locating these fifteen of the finest Kool-Aid mixes that have either faded into non-existence, or else are just extremely difficult to locate. So, to all of you Kool-Aid lovers out there, this one is for you! Drink up!

  7. final four forseer

    thanks for the history lesson.
    but the past is gone, “yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone.”
    he had it, but he doesn’t anymore.

      1. DavidinNaples

        Actually a Pittsburg Pirates fan waving a 1979 banner…still a long wait though…I assume you mean no more championships.. We’ll see…

  8. Freddy Unkool

    Geno should never place an END date on his stay at UConn.
    It could certainly have a negative impact on kids who may be here in 2 years, will they be in limbo before they graduate??
    The attraction of Geno is great.

    What are the academic limitation of UConn?? At one time they were considered on of the top schools in “practical” engineer. I.E. on day one they could produce as an engineer. But then 50 percent of every freshman class would be gone by their soph year–the school made it known one out of two won’t make it to their second year. I know many schools, Fairfield I’ve been told, degrees are easily obtained–almost diploma mills. I hope that isn’t Uconn.

  9. Führer und Storrskanzler

    CD, Shea, and Marissa should accept opportunities elsewhere that they can’t refuse.

    UConn AD and Geno should then hire 3 experienced D1 head coaches starting with Jen.

    This would help future UConn recruits knowing that the next UConn head coach has D1 experience and coached under Geno.

  10. UConnFan

    There is no such thing as self respect without respect for others.

    Individual success is a myth. No one succeeds all by herself.

    People who do not respect those around them will not make good team members and probably lack self esteem themselves.

    Being responsible sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions.

    Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?

    Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it.

    • Surround yourself with people who are better than you are. Seek out quality people, acknowledge their talents, and let them do their jobs. You win with people.

    •Value those colleagues who tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear.

    •Communication eliminates mistakes.

    •We communicate all the time, even when we don’t realize it. Be aware of body language.

    •To make sure that they are getting her message, Coach Summitt has asked her players to respond to a correction in practice by saying “rebound,” and to being praised by saying “Two points.”

    •Make good eye contact.

    •Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.

    •Discipline yourself, so no one else has to.

    •Self discipline helps you believe in yourself.

    •Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.

    •Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.

    •Do the things that aren’t fun first, and do them well.

    •See yourself as self employed.

    •Put the Team Before Yourself.

    •When you understand yourself and those around you, you are better able to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths. Personality profiles help.

    •Success is about having the right person, in the right place, at the right time.

    •Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.

    •Be flexible.

    •Teamwork doesn’t come naturally. It must be taught.

    • Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results.

    • Not everyone is born to lead. Role players are critical to group success.

    • In group success there is individual success.

    • Make Winning an Attitude.

    • Combine practice with belief.

    • Attitude is a choice. Maintain a positive outlook.

    • No one ever got anywhere by being negative.

    • Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.

    • Competition isn’t social. It separates achievers from the average.

    • You can’t always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive.
    There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts. They are survival instincts.

    • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.

    •Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.

    •Handle Success Like You Handle Failure. You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.

    • Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine.

    •It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.

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