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.
Doty on the mend. Connecticut guard Caroline Doty has been sitting on the bench all season, recovering from a third tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
Doty, a former Germantown Academy star, will have two years of eligibility when she returns in the fall. She said it's been a frustrating season, but a character-building one.
With clipboard in hand, Doty watches, learns, and gives advice when she sees something a player on the court might not.
Battling the Big East. This might be as close as Joanne P. McCallie ever gets to coaching in the Big East tournament.
Her Duke team is the lone outsider in a four-team Philadelphia Regional field that includes Big East schools DePaul, Georgetown, and UConn.
"We're definitely the outsider," McCallie said. "Nobody is talking about Duke.
Utah makes it official. Utah removed the "interim" tag from coach Anthony Levrets' title. He replaces Elaine Elliott, who retired after taking a year's leave of absence.