Friday, September 11, 2009

Courant Hiring of Hoops Coach's Daughter Out-of-Bounds

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 06:  Head coach Geno Auriemm...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
The Hartford Courant  has hired Alysa Auriemma to contribute monthly as a "celebrity blogger" in its sports department. It does a father proud.

The father in this case is Geno Auriemma, who has coached the UConn Huskies women's basketball team since 1985, amassing five national championships along the way.  Courant sports editor Jeff Otterbein apparently sees no problem with having the coach's daughter on the payroll, which would put him in the distinct minority.

The next time Coach Auriemma sits down with a Courant reporter for an interview, it could raise the specter of preferential treatment being given to his daughter's employer.  The appearance of conflict of interest in the news business is serious business.

Whistle the Courant for a flagrant foul on this move.
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