Holly Warlick, Geno Auriemma to host hall of fame fund-raiser

It's a fund-raiser, not a future game

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2006, file photo, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, left, shakes hand with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma before an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. Connecticut's path to a third straight national championship could include a renewal of the most heated rivalry in women's college basketball. For Auriemma to match Summitt with an eighth national championship he might have to go through her Lady Vols, who earned the top seed in the Dayton region. If both come through their regions, UConn and Tennessee could meet again in the national semifinals at Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Photo by Wade Payne, AP2006

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2006, file photo, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, left, shakes hand with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma before an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. Connecticut's path to a third straight national championship could include a renewal of the most heated rivalry in women's college basketball. For Auriemma to match Summitt with an eighth national championship he might have to go through her Lady Vols, who earned the top seed in the Dayton region. If both come through their regions, UConn and Tennessee could meet again in the national semifinals at Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

While Holly Warlick and Geno Auriemma won’t be walking the same sideline for the foreseeable future, the two women’s basketball coaches will be hosting a reception in Knoxville this weekend.

The fund-raiser for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the East Tennessee Historical Center. The event will precede the induction ceremony at 7 at the Bijou Theatre. The hall asked both coaches about hosting.

“I think both of us, we’re just trying to help the game and the hall of fame,” said Warlick, who just completed her first season as Tennessee coach. “I don’t think we even hesitated. I know I didn’t.”

Connecticut coach Auriemma directed the Huskies in April to their eighth national championship, tying Tennessee for the most in women’s basketball history. Former UConn point guard Jennifer Rizzotti, who played a key role in helping win the first title in 1995, is part of this year’s induction class.

“For how many players he’s had and future hall of famers he’s going to have, I think he’s going to be there for everyone,” Rizzotti said.

Warlick described her relationship with Auriemma as “cordial” and based on “mutual respect for each other.”

Relations between the two programs have improved since their storied series dissolved in 2007 over acrimony involving recruiting. Auriemma and former UT coach Pat Summitt paid their respects to each other after UConn beat Louisville 93-60 in New Orleans to win its eighth championship.

Warlick said that she’s had no conversation with Auriemma about resuming the series. They’re presently concerned with putting on a good event.

“I think it will be fun,” Warlick said. “I think people should come out.”

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lemme_axya_this writes:

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Your first sentence, make that paragraph, is 100 percent correct. Have you ever offered an opinion without being condescending?

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

Your first sentence, make that paragraph, is 100 percent correct. Have you ever offered an opinion without being condescending?

ghost_of_neyland aka mooncalf can't help but be condescending

go_vols writes:

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Its time to move on, I'm only interested in seeing good basketball. This coming season it will be played by our Lady Vols and UCONN. Let it go already dude. Pat has, Coach Holly has. I don't like the guy either, but lets all recognize, he's a great HOF Coach and his team always play hard for him especially in the NCAA. They never lose game they should win and in fact, win games they're not favorited. That's the sign of greatness.

This back and forth nonsense is tired and long played out. We have the foundation and prices in place to start a new run. Lets play the game and if UCONN is in our path lets settle it on the court and may the best team win.

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