Lady Vols' recruiting allegations against UConn unveiled

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

(WVLT) -- Women's basketball fans across the country have wondered why Pat Summitt cancelled the Lady Vols' annual rivalry with the UConn Huskies more than a year ago.

Now, for the first time, the specifics of Summitt's complaints against UConn coach Geno Auriemma have been released, thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests by both ESPN and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The complains read like a laundry list of minor violations, including, according to ESPN and

Multiple references to the role of former UConn players Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird in the recruiting process.

Connecticut’s 2005 Super Show, an annual October event that typically draws former players and recruits, was mentioned prominently.

Although the name was redacted, there’s an apparent reference to then-top recruit Maya Moore’s visit to ESPN. The sports and entertainment network reported last month that UT raised a complaint over a private tour the Huskies women’s basketball office helped arrange in October 2005 for Moore and her mother, Kathryn.

Neither Pat Summitt nor Joan Cronan had any comment on the complaints when contacted by the News-Sentinel.

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  • by Bonnie Location: Rockwood on Apr 28, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    Taurasi went to the right school when she choose uconn, she could have never play for Pat with the attitude she showed sometimes. On the side court sometimes she seemed to be fussing at Geno that wouldn't fly with Pat. Don't blame the LADY VOLS that Geno didn't get to play for the National Championship. Die hard Lady Vols fans are not fans of Geno's or his tactics. Grant you they have had some great players,but VOLS are still the National Champs. Great job Lady Vols!
  • by Teen Location: CT on Apr 28, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    Well, if this is the reason then Pat should have come out with it. Appearantly, the minor violations were known since 2006. It is unfortunate for the fans that a very anticipated match up is no longer unless they meet in the National Championship.
  • by Rick Location: Knox on Apr 28, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    There is more to it than what's being reported. Word around town is that Geno told Maya Moore she would have to play for "that bunch of lesbians" if she came to UT. Geno is a smartxxx. He needs Pat more than she needs him. He had his chance to play UT this year but blew it.
  • by Griffin Location: Knoxville on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    This is in response to Ray. We didn't cheat against Rutgers. The time is kept by an official from the NCAA. I do agree the the official did stop the clock, probably antciapating a foul that should have been called, but the mistake did give us the win. The floor officials did review the call and they let it stand when they could have changed it. It seems to me that you are the one living in a glass house!!
  • by Lou Location: Knoxville on Apr 27, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    I guess Gino is having another sleepless year' Guess it's tough being outcoached by all theser women coaches. He couldn't carry Pats clipboard.
  • by joe Location: knoxville on Apr 27, 2008 at 06:50 PM
    she must have hung out with fulmer enough to learn how to rat out someone and think it wouldn't surface. she ought to keep better company. i always thought she was smarter than him. fooled again.
  • by glenn Location: knoxville on Apr 27, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    The facts speak for themselves. Keep it clean and have no worry. Thanks Lady Vols!
  • by ray Location: knoxville on Apr 27, 2008 at 12:34 AM
    We have egg on our faces. None of the charges were found true other than a stupid tour at espn. Have we forgotten about how we cheated against Rutgers......Come on....we are no better than Geno the jerk. We do live in a glass house.
  • by J W Location: Lenoir City on Apr 26, 2008 at 08:41 PM
    Geno is a self-admitted smart-XXX. Totally out of control. Pat has class/dignity and will not be drawn into his style word-war. The world knows his reputation.
  • by vince Location: Milford, ct on Apr 26, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    Please read page 29 of the PDF file that reports that a 74 year old Paratrooper receiving a phone call from a recruit's family member while he was at the American Legion thanking him for the little signs he gave them. He was so humbled by the consideration of the family member so he posted it on the UCONN Fan message board. Stuff like this get to me.


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