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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Geno on Warde Manuel leaving UConn revisited

There's plenty of other stuff to get to but I figured I would pass along what Geno Auriemma had to say about Warde Manuel leaving to become the AD at Michigan.

"When he came in there were a lot of unanswered questions that were floating around the university. We were getting a new president and that was going to be a big change, the whole conference thing was a huge issue when he was coming in. The men's basketball program was in a tough spot; football was in a tough spot. He really inherited a difficult situation and now you look at three years down the road, four years down the road, Kevin has won a national championship and is recruiting as well as any other team in the country. The football team went to a bowl game and prospects for next year are even greater. The championships that we won and the relationships that he has with the coaches, things that we do as a staff that we never did before, the hockey situation that didn't exist and now we are in the best league in the country and playing at the XL Center, it is a different job now than when he got here and he has a lot to do with that. Nobody does anything alone but he set a tone that was the right tone for us and it was exactly what we needed. We are going to miss him. I am going to miss him as my boss and as a friend but at the same time, this is an unbelievable opportunity that you hope comes along once in your life and a lot of times it doesn't so he is very fortunate. I think the job that he did at Connecticut put him in a position to do what he is doing right now, to go back to one of the top four or five athletic programs in the country.

"I talked to him before we left a little bit. When President Herbst hired Warde, she called him a rock star if I remember correctly that was the term she used. Some rock stars fizzle out and some get bigger and he got bigger."

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