Auriemma hospitalized for minor medical condition

Updated: April 13, 2006, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma was hospitalized Thursday for what the university called a minor condition and is expected to be released this weekend.

The school said the 52-year-old coach was at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford but would not elaborate.

However, the ailment was described as a non-life threatening intestinal infection by someone familiar with the coach's health, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of privacy reasons. The hospital referred all calls about Auriemma to the university.

Auriemma was elected this month into the Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He will be inducted into the women's Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., this month.

Since arriving at Connecticut 21 years ago, Auriemma has transformed the Huskies from a small regional program to a national power with five NCAA titles. Their five straight trips to the Final Four from 2000-04 is a record.

Auriemma, a five-time national coach of the year, led UConn to a Division I winning streak of 70 games from 2001-03. The Huskies finished this season 32-5, losing in the NCAA regional finals to Duke.

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