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Originally published Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

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UConn coach gets new contract

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma has signed a new $10.86 million contract, a deal designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18...

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STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma has signed a new $10.86 million contract, a deal designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season, UConn announced Wednesday.

The 59-year-old Hall of Famer, who has coached at UConn since 1985, will make $1.95 million in salary, speaking fees and media fees in the next year. That will gradually increase to $2.4 million in the final year of the five-year contract.

The move comes about three months after the school signed first-year men's coach Kevin Ollie to a five-year deal worth just under $7 million.

"This is just a unique place and a unique situation," Auriemma said. "I'm fortunate that I'm here and that I've been here at the perfect time and the perfect place."

Auriemma has led the Huskies to seven national championships and 13 Final Fours, including the past five. UConn has won 37 Big East regular-season or tournament championships under Auriemma.

The Huskies (31-4) play Maryland in Saturday's Bridgeport Region semifinal, the 20th consecutive year the Huskies have made it to the final 16.

Ogwumike makes travel plans

STANFORD, Calif. — A few days after Stanford's season ends, Chiney Ogwumike will pack her bags and leave for one of her longest and most important road trips yet.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year is headed to her parents' native Nigeria to be an intern with the Minister of Petroleum. Yes, that's right.

She will be a job shadow of sorts, and this all counts toward the study-abroad requirement for her international-relations major. Ogwumike also will work through the charity "Access to Success" to build a basketball court.

Ogwumike leads top-seeded Stanford (33-2), riding a 19-game winning streak, into the Spokane Regional semifinals Saturday against No. 4 seed Georgia. There's still plenty of basketball to think about before she goes abroad.

Cal moving on

BERKELEY, Calif. — There is no need for Lindsay Gottlieb to mention the Final Four every day.

Sure, it's on the minds of every one of her California players now that they are two victories from that elusive program first and a trip to the Big Easy.

The second-seeded Golden Bears (30-3) survived a late-game rally by South Florida for an 82-78 overtime win Monday night in Lubbock, Texas. Up next is No. 6 seed Louisiana State (22-11) on Saturday night in the Spokane Regional semifinals.

Gottlieb's message of late has focused on the idea that this special March run will go on until an opponent can find a way to shut down the Bears' balanced offensive attack.

"We didn't set a goal of we have to get to the Final Four, we have to make the Sweet 16," Gottlieb said. "I said, 'Once we get to the postseason, let's be playing so well and be that team that still loves each other and cares about it that someone has to stop us.' "

This team has already accomplished big things — like the first 30-win season in program history and second-ever trip to the round of 16.

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