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UConn's Auriemma apologizes to reporter

3/23/2003

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.''