Geno Disappointed By Tournament Attendance

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut fans may have seen their last NCAA tournament game in Storrs for a while.

Coach Geno Auriemma, disappointed that fewer than 6,000 fans showed up at the 10,000-seat Gampel Pavilion for UConn’s second-round win over Purdue on Tuesday, said he will ask athletic director Jeff Hathaway not to bid on hosting the tournament for the next five years.

Auriemma said asking fans to attend a regular season, Big East tournament and first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in Connecticut is a lot.

He joked that it might help if UConn won more games. The team has lost one game in the last three seasons.

“I think we have a real spoiled group of fans,” Auriemma said.

Pat McKenna, a spokesman for the team, said Wednesday that Auriemma was serious about asking not to host the tournament, but has not yet spoken to Hathaway.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Ellen rylander

    In the past we have tried to get tickets to regular games and could not. Took it for granted Big East would be sold out.

  • Maureen Zavo

    Spoiled? I couldn’t bear the disappointment when they women lost to No. Carolina in the 1994 NCAA. We’d been going to games for years at that point, paying general admission and sitting anywhere we wanted. Things really changed in 1995 but we were really happy to see the fan base increase. We went out to Minn. to see them win the NCAA, we were elated. Then over the next few years as we gave progressively more money to ‘the program’ our bleacher seats got progressively worse. From up on high we could look across the court at the 100 level seats which went empty most nights. We did an analysis in 2003 and it worked out with what we were giving it was cheaper to pay the scalpers, at least we got a seat with the back. It was also noticeable by that time that the players no longer came out after a game to sign merchandise for their adoring fan base. No, now if you wanted an autograph you needed to go to some other event and pay for it. We were there Monday night, our passion for the team is undiminished but we feel like we’ve been kicked in the ass over the years as we were moved upwards to make room for the corporate citizenry who bought tickets but failed to show. So, don’t whine about your spoiled fans, you sold them out long ago.

  • Ben Dover

    Geno is a big crybaby. He may be a good coach, but he foams at the mouth too much.

    • newenglandsnob

      Maybe, but I think in this case he has a point.

  • norque45

    Love the Team …could not get tickets (other than “nosebleed” or scalper tics) to regular games so I too said “forget about it” for tournament games. I agree with the previous comments re end of games no shows by the players. These are college women for God’s sake, not Rock and Roll superstars. They should be flattered by our love for them, and should make themselves available, if only for a few minutes.

  • Ed Kennedy

    The FANS paid for the coaching/administrative salaries – the travel, equipment, uniforms, scholarships and Gambel. The fans are the tax payors.
    Now we have paid, and I have no further interest in giving more of my money
    to the State. I am sticking with Yale and Quinnipiac sporting events.
    Nothing against Geno at all – sick of seeing the State waste our money
    GO HUSKIES – on TV or radio.

  • Jim Frazier

    I really think that UCONN should not be allowed to host the games on their home court anyway. so go away.

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