It was just his first Olympics as head coach, but after leading the U.S. women’s basketball team to their fifth straight gold medal, Geno Auriemma is taking his ball and going home.
The UConn coach didn’t seem to have much fun at the Olympics, telling the Hartford Courant Thursday that “one time is enough” for him after he realized his job in London mostly consisted of putting talented players on the court and getting out of the way.
“That’s the big fallacy about the Olympics,” Auriemma said. “I wouldn’t call what I did coaching. A lot of the players weren’t interested in learning anything; they just wanted to play.”
The always candid Auriemma said he didn’t have enough time with the players, including his former UConn stars Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, and Maya Moore, who were playing WNBA games right up until the Olympics. He added that there were things he quickly learned “I simply needed to put up with.”
Auriemma also served as an assistant during the 2000 Olympics and as head coach for the 2010 world championships, but barring any significant changes in attitude it doesn’t like he’ll sign up for another go round with Team USA. Luckily he’ll have plenty of college kids to teach when his new season starts Sunday.
As for a replacement, our vote goes to Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, who’s coming off back-to-back Final Fours, has beat Auriemma in four of five match-ups, and has the best name in all of sports.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best snowboarders in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night.
Snowboard big air riders will descend from a jump that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
The finalists include U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg and women’s Winter X Games champion Spencer O’Brien of Canada. U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.
Snowboard big air, like slopestyle except riders get one jump per run, will debut at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
Big Air at Fenway continues with ski big air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Live Extra.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code.
WADA says an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code.
WADA says it asked Kenyan authorities to show commitment to setting up a national anti-doping agency, but “we have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”
Although being declared non-compliant is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, it would be another embarrassment for the East African country, which is under severe scrutiny for its doping record.
WADA expects a decision on Kenya’s status in a few weeks.
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