Monday, December 01, 2008

Anatomy of a coaching relationship

Geno Auriemma and Sherri Coale, the Oklahoma coach, have a great friendship and friendly rivalry. Coale appreciates Auriemma for bringing the Huskies to Norman Oklahoma a few years ago. It was a move that really helped get OU fans behind the Sooners and helped the program gain exposure.

If you haven't noticed, Auriemma likes to play different teams in an attempt to grow the sport.

Toward the end of his postgame conference, Auriemma shared some insight into his relationship with Coale, who is one of the most expressive coaches in the country.

"I talked to Sherri (Saturday). I said, 'WHat kind of game do you want to play? Do you want to play for the national championship, 55-53, it'll be kind of boring? Or do you want to run up and down and let's have some fun and let's see what happens?' She said, 'I don't know how to answer that?' I said, 'I know how we're going to play. We're going to go up and down and that's how you like to play. So it's going to be whoever makes the most shot who's hoing to win. Maybe if we were playing for a national championship, we'd be more cautious. There was nothing cautious tonight about either team; we were just playing. ... This was women's basketball at its best tonight."

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