Geno Auriemma offers to forgo pay in education budget battle


STORRS, Conn. — Hall of Fame basketball coach Geno Auriemma has waded into Connecticut’s budget battle, offering to go unpaid next year in response to criticism over high salaries at UConn.

Auriemma is slated to make more than $2 million next year. He offered to forgo his pay after reading comments from a lawmaker who justified cuts by saying that a lot of people at UConn make a lot of money.

“I’ll tell you what. I’ll work for free next year,” Auriemma told the Hartford Courant. “I’ll give up what the state pays me, what the taxpayers are paying me, but guess what? I pay my taxes and I don’t care how much money it costs for me to have good schools where I live in Manchester. My [adult] kids don’t go to school there. I can afford it. I want to be proud of our town’s education system. Why is it that older people turn their back on education when somebody paid for their kids when they were in school? We’ve lost sight of what we have to do for other people.”



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