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UConn-Vols Basketball Rivalry Fuels Memories

UConn-Vols Basketball Rivalry Fuels Memories

Growing up as a little girl in the state of Connecticut, I was sure of two things. First, I loved UConn women’s basketball. Second, I hated the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

Much of this was ingrained in me from my grandparents, John and Vilma Colautti, who immigrated to Waterbury from Italy after World War II. Naturally, they loved coach Geno Auriemma. Not only was he the head coach of the team, Auriemma (an Italian immigrant) was their paisan.

My memories were stoked by the recent announcement that UConn and Tennessee have agreed to resume playing each other for at least two years, starting with a game scheduled to be played at UConn in 2020 and...

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