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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Auriemma unhappy to see Hathaway leave UConn

Here are some thoughts from UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma on the "retirement" of UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway.

"This has been a sad and difficult couple of days for me personally and professionally. Jeff Hathaway has been an integral part of our women's basketball program for the last 20 years. His support and guidance have helped us win seven national championships and his dedication to me as a friend and an administrator has been invaluable. Without a doubt, our basketball team would not have become the nation's premiere program without Jeff's support.

I am going to miss him on a personal and professional level. I am tremendously disappointed in the way this process played out. Neither Jeff nor the University deserved it.

At a time when we should be celebrating our athletic department's unprecedented success, It is unfortunate that a disgruntled few have chosen to focus on what is negative with our athletic department and attribute it to Jeff."

Pendergast was named as UConn's interim athletic director on Sunday.

I am going to remember Jeff for all the good that he has done for UConn."

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3 Comments:

Anonymous John B said...

Good for you Geno.

7:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Coach A on his way out? His comments are so bitter, it almost seems as though he's fed up and is looking for something else to do. His comments are really a challenge to the new UConn president and the new AD. Beginning to look ugly for Coach Geno.

1:55 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

I would not say that Geno is disgruntled or on his way out. He is expressing his opinion without holding back which is what he normally does. I can't speak to his relationship with the new president at UConn but he has a very strong relationship with interim AD Paul Pendergast, something I witnesses first hand when both where at a Middlesex Chamber of Commerce breakfast earlier this year.

6:20 PM 

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