We all know the relationship between UConn and the SEC hasn’t been the most friendly over the last 20 years, certainly since the Huskies beat Tennessee for their first national championship in 1995.
We could recount examples of the contentiousness, but really, I’m not in the mood. And why anger the state of Tennessee two weeks before it hosts the Final Four.
But it would be hard for Geno Auriemma or anyone in the American Athletic Conference to argue that the SEC is now a far superior conference to the AAC – and the gap will only grow once Louisville and Rutgers leave for the ACC and Big Ten.
“There are lot of challenges in the SEC,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. “It’s an extremely athletic conference so you have the challenge of playing against and competing with incredible athletes every night …And you have the challenge of some really good coaches. Nobody in outr league out-coaches anybody. You never feel like you out-coach anybody. You have to be prepared to coach in our league because everyone dots every I and crosses every T.”
Meanwhile, Landers said Saturday he has essentially decided adding UConn to its non-conference schedule again isn’t in the cards for him. The teams haven’t a home-and home since 1996-97. They haven’t played at all since the 2006 Elite Eight.
LSU and South Carolina have just re-upped for series with UConn. The Gamecocks home-and-home begins next year in Connecticut.
“Perhaps its possible,” Landers said of the future. “But for now, we’ve decided it isn’t in our best interest to schedule them.”