During the summertime, I often reach out to various women’s basketball programs and coaches, for no other reason than just say hello or try to include them in one of the stories I am writing.
The majority of them get it and are a pleasure to deal with.
Some of them don’t get it at all and throw up walls.
Anyway, one of my favorites is Louisville coach Jeff Walz, who has every right to be standoffish since his program has played in two national championship games since 2009, unlike some of the other programs I’ve dealt with. But he’s far from it.
I contacted him the other day to talk about The American’s decision to play its inaugural postseason tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena because I knew it was something he’d long wanted to try.
It’s too bad Louisville will only play in one of them before joining the ACC. But if you look at the The American’s roster of women’s teams, you’d have to think the Cardinals will be in the conference championship game along with UConn.
Anyway, I asked Jeff what he thought and his mind returned to one of the funniest exchanges from last year’s Final Four between he and Geno Auriemma. You’ll remember when Geno joked about the checkered shirt Jeff wore in the national semifinal game against California.
Walz laughed it off and is still laughing about it. This is what he said about Louisville playing at Mohegan Sun, the home of Geno’s Fast Break Restaurant:
“I’m hoping to be a guest waiter one night during the Tournament at Geno’s Restaurant,” Walz said.
I see a promotion brewing in my mind…….