A few things rolling around in my mind before I lie on the sofa and watch some baseball….
* On Tuesday, I asked Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick if UConn should consider Notre Dame a potential ally when the day comes that the Huskies need Irish support to draw an invitation to join the ACC.
We know the day will come. Perhaps very soon. I am sure UConn is wondering the same thing about where it stands with Notre Dame.
I found Swarbrick’s answer, about “not answering hypothetical” questions, rather arrogant and somewhat condescending.
I’m glad the guy has been a lawyer for 28 years. Good for him. However, the question was not hypothetical. I thought it was practical, based in the real world.
We all know that at some point, when the cardinals of the ACC conclave [and I don't mean Louisville] close the ancient oak doors, a discussion about expansion, inclusion, excommunication – whatever – will eventually turn to UConn.
And if you don’t think Notre Dame’s voice, its point of view about UConn’s credentials as a conference partner will be heard, you probably have been trying to date Manti Te’o on the internet, too.
If I was UConn, I would have been distressed by the callous brush-off of the question. I’d rather he said, “Why yes, we’d love to have UConn as a partner’ or “No, we never want to be associated with UConn again.” That would have been the honest way to proceed.
The only thing Swarbrick did was cast doubt, suspicion, create ambiguity in the minds of UConn administrators.
Then again, maybe that’s what he wanted to do. Lawyers can be like that.
* That said, I will miss Muffet McGraw, the Notre Dame band and visiting South Bend. For those of us who have written about so many UConn blowouts over the last six years, it’s nice to see a program finally capable of looking the Huskies in the eye without diverting its stare. The Huskies and Irish will play again soon. Maybe not as ACC partners, who knows? But they will play and it won’t come a day too soon.
* It is very possible that UConn will avenge its three losses this season to the Irish at the Final Four. Why not? It is also very possible that it will not. Why should it? Where is it written that every story has to end the same way?
* I don’t know about you, but if we have to go to Bridgeport to celebrate the NCAA regional finals, the NCAA should do us a favor and make sure either Tennessee or Delaware has to come with us.
* I think we are about to see the best of Breanna Stewart. But if would be more helpful to the Huskies if they could see the best of its backcourt.
* Kayla McBride is a tough-minded, clutch player. If she played for UConn, someone would be commissioning a banner to hang on the Gampel Pavilion wall.
* Expect Skylar Diggins to be drafted by Tulsa with the third pick in the WNBA Draft. And Seattle, now without Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson for the season, continues to show interest in Kelly Faris.
* I want to thank the XL Center for its 10 years of service to the Big East tournament, despite the $15 parking. It’s a nice place to work and watch basketball. But no one in the Connecticut media is going to be shocked if we’re told in May that the new conference will be playing its postseason tournament in a casino.