Geno Says “No” To The Concept Of Independence

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Amid the on-going realignment in the NCAA, which has temporarily left UConn feeling somewhat abandoned in the Big East, there has been some thought that the women’s basketball program could do just fine out on their own as an independent.

Geno Auriemma doesn’t agree and says he’s not interested in pursuing it – in thought or action.

“No, I don’t think we can do it and I don’t think it would be worthwhile to do it,” Auriemma said. “And I don’t want to do it. There is something about playing for a conference championship or trying to build allegiances wherever you can.

“If all you had to do was play 12 games a year [football] and could schedule them 10 years in advance, great. But I am not sure that works anymore in basketball, like Notre Dame, Marquette and DePaul once did. There is something to be said about being in a league and experiencing the traditions that come with it.”

Auriemma did not rule out the possibility that each UConn varsity program might someday seek a home best suited for the level of its play.

“I am not privy to any conversations anyone is having about realignment,” Auriemma said. “But to me, if you are a in a conference that stretches all over the nation, and your volleyball, field hockey, baseball and track teams need to fly across the country every year for games, can that be good for student-athletes and is it worth all the money you supposedly are making?

“So, we are already doing it with hockey [the newest member of Hockey East]? I can see a scenario where football and both basketball programs are all a part of mega-conferences and some programs deciding they don’t want to travel 3,000 miles to play. Maybe we can play in a different league, like hockey does, where the best programs that participate in our sport play?

“When we played the Final Four in Minneapolis [in 1995], I can remember how it was described that UConn played in the Big Least conference, that we were the only good school  in the league and the rest of the league was terrible. Now 15 years later, we got nine [conference teams in the NCAAs] and people said we were the best conference in the country.

“Well, that’s over. It’s gone. So, maybe it’s time for us to help build another conference, like we did the Big East. We will create the best women’s basketball conference we can. That’s my goal right now.”

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Geno Says “No” To The Concept Of Independence

  1. Village Idiot

    This time Geno is right!! Independence is futile at best, will not get Geno into the NCAA tourney at least. I’d love to see The North Atlantic Conference started by UConn. He’ll pull ACC, Big 12, BT, and SEC schools (Tenn??) to play in this BIG market. Big TV money. Big Tourneys–just BIG.
    Go for it Geno!!.
    Thank you Kathy and Geno for the Scholarship fund for Our Newtown children–they are now children loved by the world.

    1. Sal Pace

      Yea that works Cinncy Tulane Southern FL, give me a break it is the all over the place conference and there is no getting around it. Geno’s bravado and Herbst evasions don’t change the fact tyhat they would both jump ship in a flash if an invite suddenly appeared from THE BIG conferences ACC BIG 10. Let the C7 be the big east after all more of them were founders than what remains namely UConn. In addition Geno built BE WBB but it was the men’s BB that began the BE!

    2. Sal Pace

      Yea that works Cinncy Tulane Southern FL, give me a break it is the all over the place conference and there is no getting around it. Geno’s bravado and Herbst evasions don’t change the fact that they would both jump ship in a flash if an invite suddenly appeared from THE BIG conferences ACC BIG 10. Let the C7 be the big east after all more of them were founders than what remains namely UConn. In addition Geno built BE WBB but it was the men’s BB that began the BE!

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