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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Geno reacts to Rick Majerus' death, KC Chiefs tragedy


Towards the end of his time with the media today, I ventured away from discussions about Geno Auriemma's second-ranked Huskies and tomorrow's game against No. 11 Maryland to get his take on a couple of tragic stories which dominated the headlines yesterday.

First was the death of long-time men's basketball coach Rick Majerus.

"When I heard that he was sick, when I heard that he had to take a leave of absence you are worried with somebody who has had issues before," Auriemma said. "Having said that, he is one of the greatest teachers of the game ever. Watching his teams play, listening to him speak, he was really a student of the game. Some guys who are students of the game don't know how to teach it. Not everybody can teach the game and he will go down as one of the great teachers of the game. I didn't see him a lot when he was at Saint Louis but I remember seeing him a lot when he was at Utah. You look at the way the played and it looks like it is really structured but really it is not. If you loved basketball being played by five guys at one tme, his teams were fun to watch."

Then I asked Geno how he would handle being in the shoes of Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel who it has been reported was among those who witnessed linebacker Jovan Belcher commit suicide after he shot his girlfriend to death.

"I can't imagine something like that, how bad something must be for that guy to do what he did," Auriemma said. "It is bad, it is tragic that he did what he did. People who do that, people who take their own lives they not only kill themselves, they kill everybody around them emotionally and in a lot of other ways because what is left behind they don't have to deal with it. It is unfortunate that somebody gets to that point that they take their own life but what they do to the people they left behind that is tragic. That coaching staff, guys on the team and more important the woman's family, the baby it's ... Wow."


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