Summitt, Auriemma talk 'light stuff'

The women's basketball coaches of the University of Connecticut and the University of Tennessee, Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt, chat after the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Tennessee Theatre.

Photo by Ray Sharp, Special to the News Sentinel

The women's basketball coaches of the University of Connecticut and the University of Tennessee, Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt, chat after the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Tennessee Theatre.

Two women’s basketball coaches, who have had a contentious relationship to say the least, continue talking to each other.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma chatted amicably after the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night at the Tennessee Theatre.

Their conversation, however, didn’t constitute a summit conference.

“All light stuff,” Summitt said Wednesday. “It wasn’t anything crazy or anything.”

Summitt said that she and Auriemma talked about the ceremony, particularly Rebecca Lobo. She was inducted Saturday, becoming the first Connecticut women’s player to enter the hall.

Summitt and Tennessee pulled the plug on the series between the two schools in 2007 after submitting more than 30 pages of documents to the SEC office in 2006, alleging a pattern of recruiting violations at UConn.

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civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

If you were going to have a conversation with Geno, it would have to be light.

6MillionDollarPumpkin writes:

She could take him!

dwa7#337691 writes:

as bad as I hate to say it - UCONN may go 39-0 again. They are the current dynasty. Lady Vols will have a shot (I hope) to play them in the tourney. Give the devil his due....

orangecountyvols writes:

How many telephone books was Geno standing on.........
2 or 3?

Geno, just kidding. These 2 schools will eventually play again and it'll be interesting.

ddayvolsfan#238252 writes:

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volsnationalchamps writes:

Lots of basketball knowledge and championships to prove it between these two. Can't wait to get the series going again. Don't like UCONN but they are the dominate team right now. UT will be much better this season and for next few seasons will have a shot at winning couple more. GO VOLS!!!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Dang, the above pic looks like any weekend night in a local bar with a married guy hitting on a divorced woman.

volsgirl writes:

LOVE TO SEE LADY VOLS BEAT UCONN IN CHAMPIONSHIPS

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

If my above post was true, remember Pat, you are female, and have what controls the world.....

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

No seriously, it looks like she is a mother who caught her son with a porn mag and he is trying-to-explain without making eye contact!

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Geno looks intimidated. Think he's looking for the door.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Geno looks intimidated. Think he's looking for the door.

Marine,

Wouldn't trust him standing that close to all those one dollar bills.

richvol writes:

That's an amazing photo...two of the greatest coaches in the game just having a drink and chatting. How many of us ever expected to see a photo like that?

UT has got to get a dominant center to compete again. The rest of the pieces are in place.

Georgia_Dave writes:

I'll take the SUMMITT over geno any day. He may have the upper hand right now, but Pat will be back and so will the LADY VOLS. GBO

da_cowman writes:

Is Pat bored, or what?

utvolz#637682 writes:

Light stuff like "eat phooey and die dude!"

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

We had Candace, Geno's got Maya. That's just the way it goes. He who has the gold makes the rules!
Or in this case wins national championships.

AJeray4TN writes:

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AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

I know I've beat this thing to death, but look at that tip jar. Man they BOTH HAVE TO BE WASTED to be talking casually.....

Vol_in_GA writes:

That dirtbag probably slipped her some roofies...

dvhill100 writes:

Whatever their differences, they are both professionals and know how to act like one.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

So when it says "Summitt, Auriemma talk 'light stuff'" does that mean BudLight, Mich Light or Miller Lite????

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

BigOrangeBill writes:

Been on road four of last five weeks....when I come back, there's a pic of shorty and Pat talking amicably together. Eyes wide open, I quickly turned the page to see if Fulmer was there talking with Majors. One thing I did hear on the road was some nasty stuff Kiffin stepped into out on the left coast. Sure was sorry to hear that....:)

ra38#405819 writes:

I would like to recommend Geno Auriemma for the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They need a coach and he would have a star player with LeBron James. That way Cleveland would have a coach and Geno would be out of Tennessee's sight. I am very glad that Pat ended the rivalry between UConn and the Lady Vols. Do we think Geno would give up coaching a women's team and going with a men's pro team? I doubt it--but I'm all for it.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Vol_in_GA:

That dirtbag probably slipped her some roofies...

I'll take her as a coach and leave the roofies for you.

murrayvol writes:

in response to BigOrangeBill:

Been on road four of last five weeks....when I come back, there's a pic of shorty and Pat talking amicably together. Eyes wide open, I quickly turned the page to see if Fulmer was there talking with Majors. One thing I did hear on the road was some nasty stuff Kiffin stepped into out on the left coast. Sure was sorry to hear that....:)

We all were Bill... we all were. Bwaahahahaha!

clvolfan writes:

Really don't understand why there was a difference in Reggie Bush's violations and the house that Maya Moore's mother got. NCAA did not do much investigating on that one.

arkyvol writes:

i wonder who made the first move.

Razor784 writes:

Lady Vols will win it all again this year, UCONN lost Tina Charles, we don't lose anybody and we've got Dupree and Baugh back in the lineup

ddt#1340890 writes:

in response to dwa7#337691:

as bad as I hate to say it - UCONN may go 39-0 again. They are the current dynasty. Lady Vols will have a shot (I hope) to play them in the tourney. Give the devil his due....

they were only 39-0 because they cheat. how in the world could the Uconn men's team be punished for cheating and not sissy geno. we know "inducements" is a class a violation with penalties being reduction in scholarships, forfeitures of games won, etc. notice uconn has not recruited the top player in the nation since he and espn was outed. not so easy getting the players when you do not have the staff at espn telling the high school recruits they will be on "sports center" if they sign with uconn. everyone should write their congressmen or senators insisting answers from the ncaa. uconn's cheating has costs other schools millions in lost revenue due to players illegally recruited. the women's ncaa enforcement committee should be disbanded!!!!!!!

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

And the lady in light blue is trying to act like she's not eaves dropping.

SoddyVol writes:

in response to Razor784:

Lady Vols will win it all again this year, UCONN lost Tina Charles, we don't lose anybody and we've got Dupree and Baugh back in the lineup

UConn should lose 1 or 2 games this year. However, with Maya Moore, look out--. Lady Vols can beat them this year providing guard play makes good improvement.

Southland writes:

Until Pat recruits some faster players she is not going to the championship game anytime soon except as a fan. She no longer holds the power in women's basketball nationally that she once did. I hope the little twerp does not catch her on her all time wins but at the rate he is going he will if she were to retire pretty soon

ggrlfrvr writes:

UConn vs. Lady Vols @ TBA - All Time Favorite Chant:

GENO'S A ZERO!

Snapshot writes:

Pat looks like she is bored and would like to b---- slap Geno! Or maybe thats just what I would like for her to do.

brokebackvol writes:

What she's got, a bloody mary? I still miss the series, nothing better in women's ball than Pat vs Meano Geno. Yeah, we still hate ya UConn.

SummittsCourt writes:

Classic picture of good verses evil here. Geno the cheater and Pat the Great! I could at least respect what Uconviciticut was doing if slimeball geno wasn't so crooked. Just like usc and fsu, they'll be vacating wins one day at uconn. Probably both men & women's programs.

ladyvolsfan1 writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

Dang, the above pic looks like any weekend night in a local bar with a married guy hitting on a divorced woman.

That is funny!!!

tmartin writes:

probably went something like this:

Pat: What will it take for you to step out of womens b ball before you eclipse my championship total? I want to retire, but I dont want you to catch my win total also. Maybe you should be a real man and go coach real basketball where men play?

Geno: Not a chance, honey, not a chance.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Speaking of being a man............why don't you try being one yourself and go face to face with Pat and tell her your troubles?

Nope, we're pretty sure you aren't man enough to do that. Just keep on being a coward and hiding behind your little keyboard.

NashvillePreds writes:

Classic picture.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Just what is your problem? If you are a UT fan, you should recognize that Pat Summitt is the best thing that ever happened to UT. No coach, not even John Wooden, has dominated their sport the way PS has. And, there has never been a better ambassador for UT. You think it takes a man to recruit in women's basketball? Must be kind of hard for you to explain all the top recruiting classes she has had. Even Bruce Pearl and Derek Dooley take their recruits to meet her and have her talk to them. As for your comment about wrinkles, too stupid and immature to be worthy of comment.

KevDVol writes:

Basketball is and always will be huge in the Northeast. Geno is a very good coach so it stands to reason that UCONN has been in a great position to be a strong program. I don't know why Geno would be compeled to cheat. But UCONN's mens program just got popped by the NCAA for wide spread cheating and having a "culture" that permitted rule breaking.

If Pat feels she has lost some championship calibur talent due to illegal recruiting, then she has a very legitimate complaint. In a competitive environment, there are only two choices when you are up against a cheater: join them or bust them.

volboy81 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

If you were going to have a conversation with Geno, it would have to be light.

yeah, otherwise, Geno wouldn't know what was being said.

tmartin writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Just what is your problem? If you are a UT fan, you should recognize that Pat Summitt is the best thing that ever happened to UT. No coach, not even John Wooden, has dominated their sport the way PS has. And, there has never been a better ambassador for UT. You think it takes a man to recruit in women's basketball? Must be kind of hard for you to explain all the top recruiting classes she has had. Even Bruce Pearl and Derek Dooley take their recruits to meet her and have her talk to them. As for your comment about wrinkles, too stupid and immature to be worthy of comment.

Easy there. I think 10 rings and 8 in a row trumps about anything else.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to tmartin:

Easy there. I think 10 rings and 8 in a row trumps about anything else.

There's no question that an argument can be made for Wooden being a more dominant coach than Pat Summitt, since he had 2 more National Championships than she has won--so far. This could be argued even though Pat Summitt will probably win twice as many games in her career (1005 and counting, to Wooden's 620) and has a higher winning percentage (84% to 81%). One should also factor in that there was no NCAA women's championship for the first 7 years of Summitt's career and the fact that PS's post season winning percentage (.806) is equal to Wooden's overall winning percentage. But, as I said, an argument can certainly be made that Wooden was the more dominant coach, but it won't change my opinion.

vols2#227315 writes:

Never trust Geno,He will cheat, steal players from UT, Never play him again unless it's for the national champhion game.

Ringside writes:

I can't stand that little MF'r from ucunn.
At least UT got the one with class.
F ucunn

Ringside writes:

Is that a bloody mary or sex on the beach in Pat's hand?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

If I were Geno, I would be moving on before she finished that drink.

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