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He won’t stay 5 years. This is for recruiting.
Like you, I have no idea what goes on in his head. He tends , unlike most coaches, to shoot straight in interviews. Here are comments from a few days ago.

“I never said I wasn’t going to come back,” he told the crowd. “Everybody else wanted you to retire and I wasn't quite ready to do that. I think every coach here probably at some point feels like, obviously, there's an end to this, right? There's an end. Whenever that is. But in the meantime, there's a lot of kids that come to our school, and I don't care what anybody says, they come to play for us as coaches. We buy into them; they buy into us.”
 
I think CGA will finish out this contract. I used to think he was gone post Paige, I don’t get that vibe anymore. He is still at the top of his game and for a 70 year old he hasn’t slipped much if any. 15/16 last final fours….yes the competition has increased tremendously, so NC’s are harder now, but he is still recruiting at the highest level and his teams are still right there with the best, even in spite of ungodly bad luck the past 3-4 years with injuries to multiple starters. Many here will hate this thought, but if I had to pick one coach to lead a team of equal talent against any other team it’s still him. Deservedly so. Sometimes you just have to know when to tip your hat.
 
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The greatest coach in college history never quits because nothing about playing the game changes. Contract through 2029. The numbers will take care of themselves. From Bialosuknia to Bueckers the beat goes on. Yes, UConn.C3505456-F475-4339-B3AA-FFF473F9717C.jpeg
 
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Auriemma received a technical foul in the rivalry game for throwing a water bottle onto the court as he shouted at officials for a decision he disagreed with in the fourth quarter. After the game, Auriemma repeatedly criticized South Carolina's physical playing style and the lack of calls that the Gamecocks received.

"I just couldn’t keep quiet any longer. The technical was stupid, but I didn’t say anything for a long, long, long time," Auriemma said. "If you want to bring Lou (Lopez Senechal) in and you can see the bruises on her body. It’s just appalling what teams do to her now. It’s not basketball anymore. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not basketball.”

The fouls called in that game were almost even. If UConn played in the SEC Geno would have retired by now.
 
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Auriemma received a technical foul in the rivalry game for throwing a water bottle onto the court as he shouted at officials for a decision he disagreed with in the fourth quarter. After the game, Auriemma repeatedly criticized South Carolina's physical playing style and the lack of calls that the Gamecocks received.

"I just couldn’t keep quiet any longer. The technical was stupid, but I didn’t say anything for a long, long, long time," Auriemma said. "If you want to bring Lou (Lopez Senechal) in and you can see the bruises on her body. It’s just appalling what teams do to her now. It’s not basketball anymore. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not basketball.”

The fouls called in that game were almost even. If UConn played in the SEC Geno would have retired by now.

Auriemma is undoubtedly a great coach. He may have an outsized ego and sense of entitlement but he would have done just fine in the SEC.
 
he would have done just fine in the SEC.
Proof that you’re correct? His record coaching against SEC teams. The old Big East was every bit as physical as the SEC. Georgetown, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville and UConn, together with St Johns and a few others regularly beat the snot out of one another.

The idea that the SEC is tougher is just homerism. Even if it were true, it would be nothing to brag about. Some of us prefer basketball to MMA.
 
Auriemma is undoubtedly a great coach. He may have an outsized ego and sense of entitlement but he would have done just fine in the SEC.
I don't know how "fine" is measured in the SEC but I doubt it means a championship. Geno hasn't won a national title in seven years and is not picked to win one in 2025. SC has defeated UConn 4 out of the last 5 meetings and the game is in Columbia next season. Dawn says it's harder to win the SEC than it is to win a national championship. SC's closest game this year was in the SEC and it took a Hail Mary to win it.
 
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Proof that you’re correct? His record coaching against SEC teams. The old Big East was every bit as physical as the SEC. Georgetown, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville and UConn, together with St Johns and a few others regularly beat the snot out of one another.

The idea that the SEC is tougher is just homerism. Even if it were true, it would be nothing to brag about. Some of us prefer basketball to MMA.
I think that Gino would have done just fine in the SEC. He is a great coach. You don't have to resort to one of the most ridiculous statements I have seen here - "the idea that the SEC is tougher (than the Big East in women's basketball) is just homerism" to make that point. If your comment was true, I guess every sports pundit in WBB has been a homer for the SEC, as the Big East and now the AAC have never been rated close to the SEC in WBB.
 
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I think that Gino would have done just fine in the SEC. He is a great coach. You don't have to resort to one of the most ridiculous statements I have seen here - "the idea that the SEC is tougher (than the Big East in women's basketball) is just homerism" to make that point. If your comment was true, I guess every sports pundit in WBB has been a homer for the SEC, as the Big East and now the AAC have never been rated close to the SEC in WBB.
First,you have badly distorted what I wrote, and then used the twisted version as a straw man.
I very clearly said, “the old Big East” (emphasis added). I named some of the teams to make it perfectly clear that I was not talking about the current conference. You either accidentally or intentionally missed the obvious distinction,

And then you were off to the races, tearing apart the statement I hadn't made,

OK, we all have bad days. You normally write good, thoughtful comments, so l won't give this lapse too much attention.
 
I don't know how "fine" is measured in the SEC but I doubt it means a championship. Geno hasn't won a national title in seven years and is not picked to win one in 2024. SC has defeated UConn 4 out of the last 5 meetings and the game is in Columbia next season. Dawn says it's harder to win the SEC than it is to win a national championship. SC's closest game this year was in the SEC and it took a Hail Mary to win it.
SC has gotten halfway to where Skylar and Muffet were in 2013. And not halfway to much else. They haven’t even gotten that far against Pat’s legacy. Dawn is firing hard and will hang bling for awhile. But she isn’t Geno’s equal as a coach…and she is a terrific coach. But I doubt she coaches another 20 years.
 
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SC has gotten halfway to where Skylar and Muffet were in 2013. And not halfway to much else. They haven’t even gotten that far against Pat’s legacy. Dawn is firing hard and will hang bling for awhile. But she isn’t Geno’s equal as a coach…and she is a terrific coach. But I doubt she coaches another 20 years.
Dawn will be winning championships long after Geno is gone. It's not what you've done in the past it's what you've done lately.
 
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Proof that you’re correct? His record coaching against SEC teams. The old Big East was every bit as physical as the SEC. Georgetown, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville and UConn, together with St Johns and a few others regularly beat the snot out of one another.

The idea that the SEC is tougher is just homerism. Even if it were true, it would be nothing to brag about. Some of us prefer basketball to MMA.

Many considered this past season as a down year for the SEC but it was the only conference with two teams finishing in the top 6. The SEC has now won the last three national titles and this year added two powerhouse teams in Texas and Oklahoma who are ranked 6 and 13 by ESPN preseason.
 
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Dawn will be winning championships long after Geno is gone. It's not what you've done in the past it's what you've done lately.

No women's basketball coach has ever lost 5 starters to the WNBA from a 36-1 team and then follow that up with an undefeated season and national championship the next year.
 
No women's basketball coach has ever lost 5 starters to the WNBA from a 36-1 team and then follow that up with an undefeated season and national championship the next year.

No coach that I can think of has lost a national championship with a roster of 5 starters going to the W either.

So there is that. Every coin has two sides.
 
No coach that I can think of has lost a national championship with a roster of 5 starters going to the W either.

So there is that. Every coin has two sides.
In 2023 SC missed out on one banner but they did hang three. How many coaches have ever had 5 starters drafted in the same year by the WNBA? Sounds like that's worth another banner.
 

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