Muffet McGraw Says The Civility Is Gone

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On the eve of the first championship game between unbeaten basketball teams in NCAA history, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw acknowledged the relationship between she and Huskies coach Geno Auriemma has deteriorated over the years.
When asked Monday when she thought a sense of civility might return to the greatest rivalry now in the sport, she was pointed.
“I think we’re past that point,” she said.
Notre Dame has beaten UConn in seven of their last night meetings, although the Huskies avenged three losses last season by defeating the Irish in the national semifinals in New Orleans.
Over the last few years, the coaches have been exchanging subtle barbs in the fine tradition of Auriemma’s famous jousts with Pat Summitt.
Last month, bothered by Notre Dame’s assertion that UConn was the one responsible for the teams not playing in the regular season this year – after the breakup of the former Big East – Auriemma fired back.
“It’s not nice for Muffet to fib during Lent,” he said.
McGraw apparently was extremely angered by that statement.
On Saturday, the teams were seated together in a press conference honoring Breanna Stewart as the Associated Press player of the year and McGraw as its coach. The tension was palpable.
“Yeah, I think there was definitely tension in the room.  I think for us we wanted Kayla McBride to win the Player of the Year award,” McGraw said. “So I think it was a little bit of that.  And certainly the rivalry has gone a little away from the civility it was when we were in the league together.”

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