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Arrangement draws criticism

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Hartford Courant says it is re-evaluating its plan to have the daughter of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma write a blog about the team.

The newspaper's sports editor, Jeff Otterbein, says he hired Alysa Auriemma to give an insider's viewpoint about her father and the team on monthly blog postings during the upcoming basketball season. Otterbein said Alysa Auriemma would be paid $125 per article.

The arrangement has been criticized by a media ethics expert and journalists, who call Alysa Auriemma's role a conflict of interest for the state's largest daily newspaper.

Otterbein says he at first considered the blog "a slice of something they could not get elsewhere."

He said the newspaper is reconsidering the relationship and is asking readers for their opinions.