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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Geno reveling in special day for UConn

When Geno Auriemma arrived at UConn he was among those caught up in the excitement when the Huskies' field hockey team won the 1985 national title. So when the field hockey team ousted North Carolina to advance to the national championship game for the first time since '85 on the same day that the UConn men's basketball team won a thrilling game at Madison Square Garden against Indiana, he gave his thoughts on the special day.

"We have a great athletic department," Auriemma said after Friday night's win over Boston University. "If you are out there and you want to take umbrage with the University of Connecticut, it certainly not going to be about the quality of our athletic department. The quality of teams we have is amazing from top of bottom, our soccer team is playing in the tournament, I remember in 1985 they won a national championship when Diane Wright was the coach so we have a long tradition of winning in men's soccer, field hockey and men's basketball we certainly have a great tradition. It all starts in September so when your football team gets off to a great start it has the tendency to trickle down and everybody gets caught up in it. Unfortunately it didn't happen this year with our (football) team but when you look past that, it is incredible and I don't think it happens at every school."

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