In between signing autographs and attending the State Farm All-America team announcement on Saturday, Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt had a pleasant encounter with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma at the Final Four in Denver.
UConn's open practice at the Pepsi Center preceded the All-America team announcement, which honored UT's Glory Johnson and nine other players. Auriemma made his way over to Summitt and the longtime coaching rivals shared a big hug and a conversation.
Auriemma shared the gist of their talk later with some sportswriters who cover the Huskies.
"We just kind of talked a little bit about her foundation and what (Big East associate commissioner) Danielle Donehew was doing for that and how I was happy that I got a chance to talk to Danielle about it early on when they first started the foundation,'' said Auriemma, referring to Summitt's foundation that supports Alzheimer's research and education.
"She pretty much expressed that she's doing great and she feels good, that she's under great care, that she's being taken care of by the best people. It was only a couple minutes, but I had told her that I'm sure that once the NCAA tournament is over, we'll get a chance to talk a little bit more."
Summitt was honored between Sunday's semifinal games along with other former U.S. Olympic team coaches.