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Sunday, March 23
UConn's Auriemma apologizes to reporter

Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma apologized Sunday to the young reporter he chastised on national television earlier this month after the Huskies lost their first game in two years.

Auriemma bristled at questions from Amanda Alnutt, a student reporter from the UConn newspaper, The Daily Campus, in a news conference after UConn's 52-48 loss to Villanova in the Big East tournament championship.

"I don't want you to feel bad about asking questions. I wanted to tell you that I'm sorry. Don't change on account of me,'' Auriemma told Alnutt during a news conference after UConn beat Boston University 91-44 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional.

The March 11 loss to Villanova snapped UConn's 70-game win streak. When Alnutt inquired how Auriemma would prepare his team for the NCAA after the loss, he snapped at her, saying her questions ticked him off.

Alnutt said she appreciated the coach's gesture.

"It was a classy thing to do,'' she said. "But he didn't have to do it. He's a professional.''

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