I shared some of my interview with ESPN men’s basketball analyst Jay Bilas about Tuesday’s Duke-UConn 1 vs. 2 game on Saturday.
Here’s the last part of it. It deals with Jay’s perception of Geno Auriemma’s legacy and what he has built at UConn:
“With any coach, you look at their success within the sport they work, which presents its own particular universe to compare them. Geno has been as successful a coach in his game as there has ever been in any team sport.
“You look at the great winners of all-time in college sports, where do you look: Coach Wooden, Anson Dorrance (22 national championships in women’s soccer at North Carolina) Dan Gable (16 wrestling titles at Iowa). Geno is on the that list.
“The reason the UConn program has been so sustainable is Geno. He started the program, built it up while Tennessee was still the nation’s dominate program. It makes no sense [for his critics] to think that he did this without any competition. And he has maintained it while the game has been growing. UConn women’s basketball did not begin to become prominent in the pre-Title IV era. It started during the largest growth spurt in the game’s history.
“To go head-to-head and to defeat one of the greatest program’s in this history of the sport [Tennessee] and not only match it, but eventually best it, is particularly impact-full.”