Auriemma blasts Summitt

April 23, 2008

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says the regular-season series against rival Tennessee was canceled because Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt accused the Huskies of cheating in recruiting practices.

Auriemma told reporters Tuesday that Summitt doesn't have the courage to say it publicly.

The series started in 1995 and matched the nation's most storied women's programs before the Lady Vols announced in June 2007 that they were pulling out.

UConn had already signed a contract to extend the annual game through the 2008-09 season.

And any chance of bringing the series back has been lost.

"It would have to be eight games here, one in Nashville and one in Memphis; that would be my proposal to them,'' Auriemma said, smiling. "That's the only way I would do it."

A message seeking comment has been left for Summitt. She told The Knoxville News Sentinel that Auriemma's comments weren't worth a response.

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