Geno Auriemma responded directly to Muffet McGraw’s comment today that it was too late for a sense of civility to return the relationship the UConn and Notre Dame programs – and their coaches – share.
“When you play as often as we have in such a short period of time, i think a lot of things happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t.
“Look, no one knows what its like being us, what we go through every day, what our players go through, how every time they win an award how every else is pissed off? And the worst part is they act pissed off because [they believe] its all Connecticut all the time. Yes, people are sick of it. So this [the hostility] is just natural, but we live with it every day, 365 days a year.
“Why is she angry? I don’t know. You have to ask her. I haven’t changed in 25 years. People that know me understand I haven’t changed. How I run my program hasn’t changed, the respect we have for everyone else hasn’t changed.
“We think we are the best basketball team in the country, but we don’t flaunt it. I haven’t changed. But a funny thing happens to people once they start beating us.”