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Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco On His Approach To Camp

Bob Diaco has had about 19 months in office since he took over the UConn football program. Tomorrow when the Huskies take the field, he will be overseeing his second preseason camp.

As a new head coach, he’s gradually learning the whole aspects of running a football program. It’s safe to say that he has a better understanding of how he wants to do things.

During the American Athletic Conference media day on Tuesday in Newport, RI, Diaco talked about he plans to approach camp this year.

Video: There’s Nothing Else Like The Culture Around UConn Women’s Basketball

One of the perks of playing for the UConn women’s basketball team is the fact that there are so many great alumnae. But what makes it even more special is the fact that they come back to Storrs, CT to practice with the team or just hang around.

Sue Bird, Kalana Greene and Kelly Faris to name just a few have come back to practice. The likes of Rebecca Lobo, Kara Wolters, Meghan Pattyson, Swin Cash, etc, etc are around the program at different times. Some are around all the time, some at different points of the season.

All of those names are iconic in UConn women’s basketball lore. They were all a part of something special at UConn. They are sisters, a family. That’s what UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his consigliere Chris Dailey have established at UConn.

When you listen to them talk when they are together, it’s like none of them have left. I was able to listen to Swin Cash tell a story about Auriemma and CD while in Albany. And the way they all interacted, it was like they were never apart at all.

It’s not the nine National Championships that makes UConn women’s basketball special. Of course they help.

It’s the culture that’s built there. There’s nothing else like it.

Watch and/or listen below as members of the current UConn women’s basketball players talk about what it is like when the former players come back to practice:

Video: KML Has Survived Geno’s Prodding

If you’ve been around UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, you know he can be quite witty or even sarcastic at times.

Whether it be yesterday when he made a joke about Kia Nurse knowing more about the Yukon then UConn as a kid or saying Breanna Stewart wasn’t the best player in the country during the Albany Regional, he does it because he cares.

The UConn women’s basketball coach does it to motivate his players or even shield his players.

The joke about Nurse was more so to get the spotlight off her. The Stewart quip was said to wake her up and get her going. It worked.

He even poked fun at Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis during the media festivities on Monday saying she was pretty good at playing fake defense.

Of course when Auriemma wasn’t around, KML got the last laugh in, for now at least.

Watch and/or listen as KML talks about Auriemma’s sarcasm and how she’s learned to give it back:

Video: UConn Women Talk About Facing Notre Dame

Ho hum, just another meaningful game where the UConn women’s basketball team and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are playing.

That’s what the casual fan is thinking. Sure it would have been nice if Maryland maybe played South Carolina for the title on Tuesday night or even South Carolina getting another chance at the UConn women’s basketball team.

The serious fan though knows that this game between UConn women’s basketball and Notre Dame is very good for the game. All eyes will be on this matchup. The casual fan will still tune in.

This is what is good for women’s basketball. Two great teams playing each other.

May the best team win (UConn).

Watch and/or listen below as members of the UConn women’s basketball team talked after Sunday night’s game against Maryland about facing Notre Dame for the title on Tuesday night.

Video: How Is Geno Auriemma Going For His 10th Title at UConn?

The answer to the question of the title of this post is quite simple. UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma gets the best players.

He also gets the best out of his players. There’s reasons beyond winning national championships that players want to play for the UConn women’s basketball coach.

The UConn women’s basketball coach makes them into the best player they can be. Now who doesn’t want that.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball coach talked after the win over Maryland on Monday night as to why his team is playing for the 10th title in program history:

Video: UConn’s Geno Auriemma on His Junior Class

Let’s take a look at the UConn women’s basketball junior class.

You have Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck (redshirt sophomore). In that have you have a consensus first-team All-American, a first time All-American and winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as a point guard and you have someone who missed last season with a knee injury who should have been an All-American this season.

Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the junior class is a perfect two-for-two when it comes to winning National Championships. Now on Tuesday night, they’ll look to make it three in a row.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma talked after Monday night’s win over Maryland about how dynamic his junior class is:

Video: UConn’s Geno Auriemma Talks About Pregame Speeches

When you tune into the UConn women’s basketball game in the NCAA Championship against Notre Dame on Tuesday night, don’t expect to see Geno Auriemma giving a pregame speech.

It’s not that he doesn’t do them. It’s that the UConn women’s basketball coach doesn’t like them to be filmed.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball coach talked on Monday night after the win over Maryland about why he doesn’t let his pregame speeches be filmed.

Video: UConn’s Geno Auriemma Has Been In Notre Dame’s Shoes

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been in Muffet McGraw’s shoes before. No, he hasn’t literally been in her shoes. It’s more of a metaphorical thing.

When the UConn women’s basketball program started to get really good, all eyes were on Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Volunteers. But as time went on, more attention was paid to the UConn women’s basketball team.

And it’s only grown from there.

So you can understand if there was a rift between the two head coaches before. It wasn’t personal. It was just basketball.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball coach talked after the win over Maryland about being in the shoes of Notre Dame in the past:

Video: Geno Auriemma On Breanna Stewart’s Growth as a Player

UConn’s Breanna Stewart has won National Player of the Year honors two years in a row from some outlets. There’s no doubt she’s a special player. And being as good as she is, it brings attention to her from defenses.

When she was younger, Stewart would be fouled hard and not be the same player. But as she has matured as a basketball player, it seems now doing that just fuels her.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn head coach Geno Auriemma talks about Breanna Stewart’s growth as a basketball player after his team beat Maryland on Sunday night.

Video: Geno Auriemma Talks UConn’s Slow Start Against Maryland

Don’t be surprised if the UConn women’s basketball team gets off to a slow start on Tuesday night against Notre Dame like they did against Maryland on Sunday. After all, it is only the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game.

UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma attributed the slow start against the Terrapins to nerves. And he was okay with it because he wanted them to be nervous. UConn women’s basketball fans didn’t have to worry though as the team took over control of the game in the first half.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball head coach talked about his teams slow start after Sunday’s game.

Video: Did UConn’s Morgan Tuck Play With a Chip On Her Shoulder?

UConn women’s basketball player Morgan Tuck certainly played like an All-American this season after sitting out last year with a knee injury. But when the All-American teams came out over this past week, Tuck’s name was no where to be found except as an honorable mention All-America from the AP.

While it is hard to be recognized when you play with the likes of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, Tuck deserves the same attention they receive. For those who watched her play this season, they know how good Tuck really is.

And now that’s she has been snubbed by the writers and the coaches, the world is finding out just how good Morgan Tuck really is.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball team as well as head coach Geno Auriemma talk about whether or not Morgan Tuck had a chip on her shoulder against Maryland in the Final Four.

Video: UConn Women Preview Tonight’s Final Four Game Against Maryland

In just four and half hours or so, the UConn women’s basketball team will take on the Maryland Terrapins in the second game at the Final Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. The UConn women’s basketball team last faced the Terps in the Sweet 16 in 2013 and are 3-0 overall against them.

For the UConn women’s basketball team, they’ll be looking to go for a third straight title on Tuesday night. The Terps will look to prevent that and go for a national title of their own against the winner of the first game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball team previews their game against Maryland:

Video: Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams Experience First Final Four

Two of the three freshman on the UConn women’s basketball team, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams, play significant roles on the team.

The other, Courtney Ekmark, hasn’t really found her stride this season after being injured early in the season. For all three, it is obviously their first time going to the Final Four as a member of the UConn women’s basketball team.

In Nurse and Williams, their UConn women’s basketball teammates expect them to continue to do what they’ve in the NCAA Tournament as well as the whole season. And that’s play like you have been.

Watch and/or listen below as Nurse and Williams talk about their first experience with the UConn women’s basketball program at the Final Four.

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