Random Thoughts In The Midst Of The [Irish] Wake

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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.

 

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118 thoughts on “Random Thoughts In The Midst Of The [Irish] Wake

  1. Wiggins & Diggins

    and if UConn lost to Tennessee in their region – expect even more venom.

    JA sai “But if [it] would be more helpful to the Huskies if they could see the best of its backcourt.”

    UConn’s practices are suspect. How can 4 guards have that much trouble handling the ball? They share PG duties. It appears they are not practicing taking care of the ball.

    I still think if Shea left in the spring, she would have been urged

        1. Hartley was Terrible???

          Diggins had 5 turnovers Hartley had 6, McBride was the point guard for most of the game-i.e. handled the ball more.

          Faris had 4 turnovers WOW!!\

          Rebounds —Dolson 14 Achonwa 4
          KML 9

          No one on the ND team had 9 rebounds
          Uconn had 36 rebounds ND 33
          Uconn shot 55 percent second half ND 41
          Turnover team–ND 14 Uconn 17
          Notre dame scoring first half 36
          Uconn 26
          Second half ND 26
          Uconn 33

          Uconn hit 0 3’s Notre dame 3
          Uconn 9 of ll Foul shots
          Notre dame 6 of 6
          Diggin 5 of 15 shooting 33 percent

          Everyone is B itching about Hartley not scoring and turnovers–look at the stats.

          Everyone is touting Diggins–look at the stats.
          Uconn hit a higher percentage of their shots–look at the stats.

          Notre Dame ain’t so mucking fuch

        2. huskypat

          Well Wiggins & Diggins – if you say it is finished, guess it is, but to me saying she would have been urged ?? to do what is my question? But, I really don’t care as you seem to be 150% right all the time just like ND.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      Why doesnt ND play more top 10 teams during the year prior to conference games? They dont play Stanford, but UCONN plays them twice. ND doesnt play Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, or Penn State.

      Connecticut plays anyone, anwhere, anytime. that is much more than I can say about Notre Dame’ weak non conference schedule.

      1. The Truth

        Kevin, I think you were drinking too much whine last night after the loss. Get your facts straight before accusing Notre Dame of having a weak non-conference schedule.
        1) UConn only played Stanford once this season (12/29/12) and did not play North Carolina. UConn’s non-conference schedule also included the likes of IUPA, Holy Family (DII school), Oakland, Colgate, Oregon (4-27 record, RPI of 259), and College of Charleston. It should be noted that UConn’s record of 29-4 included more home games (17) for your Huskies than away and neutral site games combined (16).

        2) Notre Dame’s schedule this year included 5 non-conference games against teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 – Baylor 1, A&M 9, Tennessee 10, UCLA 11, and Purdue 21. 4 of those games were before the Big East conference schedule started and one game (Tennessee) was during the middle of conference play. Notre Dame’s record of 31-1 included more away and neutral site games (18) than home games (14).

        3) The NCAA RPI rankings as of this week have Notre Dame rated ahead of UConn and Sagarin’s Strength of Schedule rankings list UConn at #3 and Notre Dame at #8.

        The above facts demonstrate that the difficulty of Notre Dame’s non-conference schedule is not substantially weaker than UConn’s non-conference schedule. Bottom line – What’s your point? Are you trying to say that Notre Dame’s better record this year is because it played a bunch of weak teams? Why not admit the truth? Notre Dame’s better record of 31-1 is primarily attributable to the fact that the Irish hung 3 of the 4 losses on UConn’s 29-4 record.

        Good luck with UConn’s America 12 conference schedule next year. Let’s compare strength of schedules in 12 months.

        1. Kevin Cavanaugh

          I never said UCONN played NC. I only said that ND did not.

          And as far as whine goes, you constantly whine all the time.

          Sure, UCONN and ND play SOME weak non conference teams but UCONN plays more top 10 teams than ND does.

          I also did not say UCONN played Stanford twice in one year, it is a back to back agreement in back to back years.

          As far as the Big East, ND is the one leaving and the Catholic 7 left and took the league with it.

          Also, I have no problem complimenting ND and some of their players. All you do is bash UCONN and their players all the time.

          You lack the capacity to compliment anyone on UCONN.

          Lets talk about the UCONN / ND games before the past eight games.

          How soon you forget. It was not much of a rivalry before 2011, right?

          Other than the past two years, how many Big East championships did ND win and how many Big East tournament championships did ND win.

          Oh, in case you forgot, the answer is the same for both of my questions.

          Zero, 0, 0.00, oh, let me round that up for you – oh, it still is zero.

          1. The Truth

            Kevin,

            Go back and read your original post. You certainly implied that UConn played Stanford twice this year. If you didn’t imply that UConn played North Carolina this year in complaining that Notre Dame did not, then what’s your rationale for naming the Tarheels? Anyone can name top 25 teams that neither UConn or ND played this year. Do you really believe Notre Dame’s 5 non-conference games against top 25 teams this year is substantially different and weaker than UConn’s non-conference schedule when the numbers say there is no substantial difference?

            I must have struck a raw nerve with my reply post above for you to assert “All you do is bash UCONN and their players all the time.” The fact is that my previous reply to your original post was my first post ever on this website. So if that’s a fact, then how could I be guilty of “whining all the time”? Additionally, there is nothing in my previous post that “bashes UConn and its players”. I simply defended the strength of Notre Dame’s non-conference schedule this year by comparing it to UConn’s.

            Finally, you never answered my question as to what was the point of your original post complaining about Notre Dame’s “weak non-conference schedule”. Don’t try to salvage your original post by living in the past. UConn may have won the majority of the games previously, but there is no denying that Notre Dame has owned Geno and his girls the past 2 years. You can keep looking in your rearview mirror if you want, but I have my eye on the present and am looking at where women’s basketball is headed, not where it’s been.
            If UConn ever joins another major conference, you can bet that conference’s tournament is not going to be a home court affair for the Huskies like it has been in the Big East for the past many years.

          2. Kevin Cavanaugh

            Here is the real truth, “The Truth”, why don’t use your email or your user name that you set up? Why do you hide your identity?

            Is it so you can swift boat people here and keep your identity hidden?

            And yes, Notre Dame has a weaker non-conference schedule. PERIOD.

    2. Drink Geno gatorade

      Martin, Kevin, Mike McManus–good comments. Well done.
      I didn’t hear or read the Geno after the game comments–if there were any. If he did however throw his kids under the bus, shame on him.

      Coaches coach, players play–that’s the game. If you ever told your kid over and over and over something–and they did the opposite you’d know Geno’s constant frustration. He is a perfectionist (in other people). People (kids too) make mistakes, don’t do as you ask, sometimes think they know better, sometime shake their heads yes and didn’t hear a word.

      Mike, Kevin, Martin–very fresh air in a smog filled basketball world. So you love this team too, yes??

      1. Kevin Cavanaugh

        Yes, I do love the game – especially the women’s game – except for the fact that it is getting a little dirtier the past few years.

        Nothing to do with only UCONN, but Baylor really plays a kind of game that takes away from the sport.

        In case anyone is not tracking, Griner, as good as she is, has punched out one opponent and thrown down Dolson twice and gotten away with it once and thrown down an Iowa State player and nothing was done about it.

        All three of the female players were white and I do not know if that is purely accidental or not.

        If it happens a fourth time during the NCAA tournament – then it will show a very dark side to the girl that Kim Mulkey says “This child is as precious as they come when it comes to being a good person, a sweet kid”.

        Can anyone reading this bring up another player who has punched another player in a womens college game and thrown two other players to the floor? (Dolson she threw down twice).

        The Iowa State coach was so irate, he ripped off his jacket and was raising so much hell his asst. coaches had to restrain him.

        Griner, as good as she is, feels it necessary to forcibly push defenders back and back and back to a point where she is within spitting distance from the rim and if anyone challenges her by holding their ground, she selectively throws them to the ground – but that is okay.

        I seriously think Griner will end up seriously harming someone – maybe with a career ending injury if she is allowed to physically throw down players.

        1. Kevin

          Kevin said “except for the fact that it is getting a little dirtier the past few years.” Look no further than to Dolson. Cheap shot artist. Flopper. Fans complained Griner allegedly threw her to the ground. Dolson does that to smaller players all the time.

          1. JR

            Calling Dolson a “cheap-shot artist” is beyond idiotic. It’s devoid of reality.

            I’ve never seen Dolson cheap-shot anyone. Griner, on the other hand, has slugged a girl in the face. Fortunately, she has not done that since.

          2. Kevin Cavanaugh

            I gave specifics on Griner either round housing or throwing down specific players – I can also give the time in each game that the play happened – how can you generalize without specifics.

            How about a specific game and a specific player and if a foul was called or not – especially if a T-1 was called.

            Griner got several “T’s” and they were well deserved. Another potential “T” was not called because it would have been an automatic ejection and the God’s in the black and white prison stipes did not want to artifically alter the outcome of the game. Well, by not calling the “T”, they DIRECTLY altered the game – they gave Griner permission to continue with her reckless behavior and that no-call determined the outcome of the game.

            It is a shame that UCONN has to go beyond the rigged officiating to win a game, but it now appears that will be necessary in the NCAA tournament.

            For the good of the game, so to speak, I believe officials are out to insure Baylor or ND win the NCAA Championship.

            They also are turning the cheek on extremely rough play – they want the women to start playing as rough as the men to increase viewership.

            To me, there is somehing wonderful to view women playing a relatively clean game – using their God given skills to oppose each other – and not depend on unethical play to possibly harm an opponent in order to win the game.

        2. Bracchus

          The racism in your comment on Griner is palpable. Griner, like a lot of taller players, takes a beating in the hole. She has to assert herself and not let other players push her around. You can’t see all of the pushing, shoving and physical play under the basket. To attribute Griner’s reaction to race is unconscionable.

          By the way, the Griner takedown of Dolson was questionable in my mind as it looked like they got tied up and Griner was simply breaking loose. Of course you fear Griner is going to seriously hurt someone, after all , she is black and that is what black people do.

          I think we can find examples of racism closer to home if we remove the halos from some of our local icons.

          1. Kevin Cavanaugh

            I never said that is what “black” people do. To stretch my comment into talking about blacks in general was most inappropriate.

            I was talking specifically about Griner and only Griner.

            Griner constantly pushes people back all the time – so it usually works to her advantage.

            By the way, Griner tossed Dolson TWICE, not once.

            and to say it was questionable, then why did Dolson get technical free throws the first time?

            The reason why they did not call the second one is because Griner would have been ejected for having two technicals.

            As far as racism goes, I blog about racial issues all the time – except in the other direction.

            I blogged extensively about Trayvon Marton and all the racially motivated “Stand your ground laws” and I have talked about CNN/HLN not sufficiently covering missing black and hispanic children across the US.

          2. Muffets Boy toy

            Kevin–Bracc–When I read the comment Brac is talking about, I cringed. I knew it was going to raise comments.
            With all the Women on Uconn’s past and current teams, and next years team, the diversity of Race is superb.
            We once hated Russia/USSR then we got Svetie and we loved Russia. It’s all about knowing people as individuals and respecting them as such.
            I think Kevin’s Comment came out much differently then he expected. Read his other blogs–I don’t think this is who he is.

          3. Steve Gee

            Bracchus,
            For you to somehow find Kevin’s remarks racist, you are intentionally stretching.
            Playing the race card here is idiotic and simply a cheap-shot.

        3. Bracchus

          Your comments suggesting that Griner was targeting innocent white girls to punch is ludicrous and racist. Your myopic statements failed to provide the prelude to the punch. Griner didn’t just walk up to Barncastle and punch her out of nowhere. Let’s get the facts straight. Barncastle is a physical player who had been roughing up Griner througout the game. The last straw came when Barncastle literraly slung Griner across the floor and was called for a foul because of it. It was then that Griner retaliated.
          Your racist suggestion is typical of people of your ilk. You want to paint the black player as a thug. Let me tell you something. There are few players with the restraint of a Britney Griner. She plays the game the way it was intended. I am sure that opposing coaches encourage their post players to get physical with her to throw her off her game. THis has been a part of basketball from the beginning.
          Should Britney have punched Barncastle? No. But, players do have to assert themselves and let other players know that they will not be intimidated. If Barncastle and Griner meet again. Barncastle will think twice.
          As to Dolson being thrown down, I saw that play. That was nothing more than Griner becoming unentangled with Dolson who had also been playing Griner pretty physically.
          No,my friend, you don’t have to go to Baylor Texas to find examples of racism. Soem are right here on our doorstep.
          I would start with the coverage of this UCONN women’s team by these two reporters at the Courant. Througout the season Masqueda Lewis has been the backbone of this team.Yet, article after article is written on Kelly Faris and Caroline Doty. Please. I respect Faris’ game. She does what she does and Gino allowed her to develop offensively where she was a real liability in the beginning. Doty, and this is nothing personal against Doty, is just not competitive in games with very good backcourt players. But, how either of them can compare with Mosqueda is beyond me. Here is a player who returned from summer vacation with a completely improved overall game. But, I still remember her own sometimes jerk of a coach remarking in her freshman year after someone praised her for her shooting skills that “everyone thinks she is the baby Jesus.” What rational coach does that? I have never heard him say that about a white player. Is he a racist?

          1. Kevin Cavanaugh

            I compliment KML all the time in these blogs and on my own blogsite. I usually say good things about Faris because she doesnt, until this year, get the kudos that other players have over the years at uconn. If you are a high scorer or a big rebounder or a big shot blocker you are on the top of the heap at UCONN.

            Faris is the Tommy Heinson of UCONN.

            Oh, I never said that the white girls talked about were innocent. Please read my comments again.

            Dolson went down twice and it was no accident. Barncastle is a rough player BUT so is Griner – but Griner is the only one who threw not a jab or a poke but a full roundhouse.

            I know you agree that she should not have done that BUT she did and that is a fact.

            Regarding Doty, I have never said overly positively things about Doty. She was an above average player before her unfortunate injuries but I will gladly take Alex Bentley or Maggie Lucas over Doty at her best.

            …and as far as racism goes, I have blogged extensively about Sandy Hook and I complained that more inner city kids – mostly black and hispanic – die monthly in inner city shootings and violence than died at Sandy Hook.

            If the Sandy Hook tragedy happened in inner city Philly, Houston, L.A., or Chicago, it would have not gotten one percent of the coverage in the national or world media.

            Dont get me wrong, Sandy Hook was a tragedy of epic proportions, but all violence is not covered the same.

          2. Bracchus

            Kevin-you suggested that Griner might be targeting certain opponents for violkence because they are white. You have no evidence to substantiate that claim. In fact, Griner was provoked in one way or another in boith instances from what I could see althought the Dolson situation seemed to me that she was just aggressively unentangling herelf.

            Kelly Faris is the Tommy Heinsohn of UCONN. Are you kidding. Tommy could shoot. Please.

            I will give you an example of something racially that bothered me. Remember when Don Imus made those horrific comments about the Rutgers women’s team? Well, Geno was asked for his opinion and said that he thought the comments were stupid(he did not say racist) and that he found it hard to take anything seriously that had Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as participants. What could he have said? He could have said that he supported Vivian Stringer and her team and that Imus’ comments were despicable and racist. That bothered me. He has had some great black players on his teams who have contributed to his ability to make millions and receive the recognition he has received. But, to dismiss it as just stupid and then act as if Jackson and Sharpton had something to do with it was reprehensible in my mind.

            There are also subtleties in the way black and white athletes are covered. Characteristics ascribed to members of each ethnic group tend to be different. Example, Kelly Faris is always depicted as a hard worker. I am sure that she is. But, she isn’t the only one. In the triple overtime loss to ND Kelly played 53 minutes. KML played 55 minutes and was the high scorer. She didn’t get nearly the press in my mind.

            The other thing is that I think there is way too much discussion in the media. Again, this seems particularly true in reference to black players. When Samare Walker left, she was trashed and her conversations wth Auriemma were repeated to the media. The kid was 18 years old. She thought she wanted UCONN and changed her mind. But, the big ego could not take being rejected. However, when Donna Delladonna left there was far less specific discussion on conversations.

            These are just my observations and no one else may agree, but I will certainly point out other discrepancies as we go along.

            I guess when you have no diversity on the sports page that contributes to all of this.

          3. JR

            –“You have no evidence to substantiate that claim.”–

            And you have no evidence to back your claim that the Courant reporters are racist because they don’t compliment KML as much as you would like, but that didn’t stop you.

          4. Bracchus

            JR-I never said they were racist. I said that their coverage of players seemed to me to be different. This has been a part of American reporting involving whites and blacks from the beginning. The great boxer Jack Johnson summarized it best many years ago.

            When asked in what round he was going to knock his opponent out, Johnson responded as follows:”If I knock him out in the first round, you will say it was unfair because the man was in the ring with a gorilla. If I carry him to the 6 th round you will say that’s just like a lazy n-word.”

            Nothing has changed. It is all about perception and the enormous value that people place on race. No, I am not saying that either of the reporters are racist. But, their reporting is certainly colored by their backgrounds and perspectives.

          5. Kevin Cavanaugh

            For the live of me, I do not know what Geno meant by the phrase about “the baby Jesus.” Is there a reference we can read where he is quoted as saying that? Maybe it was taken out of context. I dont know.

            Gut tells me that he might have been saying that fans, in their exuberance to have another undefeated season or two were considering KML as the second coming because of her previous reputation as an excellent high school player and also her “nerve” requesting/demanding Maya’s shirt number – knowing full well that it would require her to live up to the expectations of wearing the number. Maybe it was a stupid way of saying she would be the 2nd coming of Maya – in a slightly larger body.

            Again, I am not a blind supporter of Geno.

            I do not see racism in those comments.

            On the other hand, I have thought on occassion that Geno does show favoritism toward white women on his team – I believe he might have a subconscious or conscious percentage in his mind of a racial balance in the number of white starters/ minority starters on UCONN’s first 5.

            But that thought of mind was speculation and I never persued blogging about it.

            His allegiance to Doty might be unique to her – but I also think he had allegiance to Hayes when she was playing subpar. I think Hayes was overrated and Tina was underrated her first two years.

            Does anyone remember when UCONN won the NCAA and Tina was a big part of that whole campaign? Geno acted like she was not even on the court – no hug, no acknowledgement. That slight was much more of a tell than any “baby Jesus” comment might have carried.

            Maybe minority players have to play significantly harder and conform a little more to make the grade at UCONN – I do not know, I only see some potentially above averaged skilled minority players spending disproportionately more time on the bench.

            Maybe some minorities might have made their dissatisfaction more visible – verbally or by their actions – I do not know the full story of why Walker left for Kentucky but she appears to be a better overall at Kentucky.

            Don’t know if all her skills where there and ready to be utilized at UCONN.

          6. Bracchus

            Kevin-His remark about KML seemed to be sarcastic. But, rather than that, why not praise her for what she does well? My impression was that he was hearing rom a lot of people how great KML was and he seemed oddly resentful. I don’t always understand him, and maybe I have read him wrong, but there is something there.

            Anyway, thanks for your honest feedback.

          7. Muffets Boy toy

            Last year in the first ND game–Geno misused a Freshman at games end and she became the goat of the game. I asked Geno (on cptv) why he kept her in, and she was a liability (she was). He asked who would I have subbed in for her–ANYONE not a freshman.
            She went into a funk. I apologized publically for my screwed up stupid comment about a KID.
            No comments about KML have been about race or ethnic background. The weight comment is ignorant and hurtful–but not one made by me.
            I have since the first ND game been KML’s loudest booster. She will out do Maya before she is thru–she is after all just a soph now.
            She’s earned 40 minutes/game playing time–she has to ask Geno to take her out–her PT is up to her.

          8. Bracchus

            Muffett Boy Toy: Here is what I am saying. Historically, black talented athletes have been viewed as gifted physically. They are seen by many as natural athletes not people who work hard to become good at a sport. While at the same time often marginal white athletes are praised for their work ethic and the alleged cerebral nature of their games.
            What I have seen in the reporting here is a tendency to not always give KML the credit she deserves. This is particularly true when she plays well against tough opponents like Baylor and ND. Yet when other, frankly usually white players have great games in 40 point blowouts they are heralded from the rooftops.
            Frankly, when UCONN is playing an extremely inferior opponent I would be less inclined to heap accolades on anyone. The talent differential in some of UCONN’s wins is overwhelming.
            Here is a classic example.When Kelly Faris was struggling offensively early in her career, all we heard about was how hard she worked and what a great defender she was. You know what, I agree with that approach. But,then lets switch to Tina Charles. All we heard there was that she needs to work harder(implication that she was lazy) and that when she finally became a great player it was because of Geno’s hard work. I never heard that Kelly’s improvement on offense was because of Geno’s hard work. Dose anyone really believe that Tina didn’t have to work hard to get where she got.
            Finally, I have never heard Geno describe a white player as lazy. If I am wrong I will accept correction. I have heard him say it about black players,

          9. Bracchus

            Muffett Boy Toy: Here is what I am saying. Historically, black talented athletes have been viewed as gifted physically. They are seen by many as natural athletes not people who work hard to become good at a sport. While at the same time often marginal white athletes are praised for their work ethic and the alleged cerebral nature of their games.
            What I have seen in the reporting here is a tendency to not always give KML the credit she deserves. This is particularly true when she plays well against tough opponents like Baylor and ND. Yet when other, frankly usually white players have great games in 40 point blowouts they are heralded from the rooftops.
            Frankly, when UCONN is playing an extremely inferior opponent I would be less inclined to heap accolades on anyone. The talent differential in some of UCONN’s wins is overwhelming.
            Here is a classic example.When Kelly Faris was struggling offensively early in her career, all we heard about was how hard she worked and what a great defender she was. You know what, I agree with that approach. But,then lets switch to Tina Charles. All we heard there was that she needs to work harder(implication that she was lazy) and that when she finally became a great player it was because of Geno’s hard work. I never heard that Kelly’s improvement on offense was because of Geno’s hard work. Dose anyone really believe that Tina didn’t have to work hard to get where she got.
            Finally, I have never heard Geno describe a white player as lazy. If I am wrong I will accept correction. I have heard him say it about black players.

    3. Drink Geno gatorade

      Never leave a sentence hanging–it has no meaning in the English language!!
      Don’t end a sentence with a proposition!!
      English 101. Or more properly English fourth grade!

  2. Greg

    “I found Swarbrick’s answer …arrogant and somewhat condescending. And that pretty much sums up Notre Dame’s view. Big East, B1G, ACC, none of you are worthy of our football program, and we’re not about to share our TV $ with you.

    1. william

      I noticed you didn’t include the SEC in your comment about football. I’m sure ND would not like to see an SEC football team again after being pommelled like a 1AA team in probably the biggest joke “national championship.”

    2. Kevin Cavanaugh

      It all comes down to money for Notre Dame.

      Even when I was buying team T-shirts at Boscov’s a few weeks ago, 90 percent of the t’s were regular 19.99 and on a huge sale at 5.99 because of the upcoming conference tournaments and the NCAA tournament – except for the ND t-shirts that were selling on sale for 15.99.

      Notre Dame, as an independent, made millions and did not have to share with anyone, but being tied to different conferences in different sports means they have to share – and Notre Dame does not like to share.

  3. NewHavenJude

    John, so TRUE about the backcourt! It takes more than 1 play to lose a game (even though, last night’s final play will certainly burn in everyone’s memory for a long time:-( I sincerely hope you’re wrong about the new coference playing at the Casino. Perhaps if there were a direct entrance to the arena without having to walk through the gambling areas which stink of “fabreeze covered” cigarette smoke, some of us would attend more games there. A friend of mine had a great suggestion for naming whatever conference UConn is in: “The Orphan Conference” ;-)

  4. Mary Hobart

    John,

    Your comments are both thoughtful and appropriate. As a relatively recent devotee of our UCONN women’s basketball team (only 12 years) I don’t feel truly educated about the comings and goings of practices, conferences and all the politics, but I do feel a passion for the game and I know you do as well. If recent losses are to serve us well, they will strengthen the resolve of a terrific group of young women and teach us all as fans that we don’t have – and shouldn’t have – all the answers.

    1. huskypat

      Mary: As a fan of both CPTV and the Huskies, I agree with you. Winning or losing, we should support our Huskies if we are a true blue fan. I miss seeing you, Harriet and Lee on the air covering UConn basketball. I just hope one of these years, UConn realizes they are not going to expand their audience. CPTV already did that through their streaming program. Take care and hi to all your pals at cptv.

  5. martin fallon

    I guess you could file these under random thoughts, of what might of been or could still be. I loved the fan support Brianna Banks started after her “summer workouts” made her into a difference maker off the bench. And I’m hoping somebody lights a fire under Kiah Stokes because when she catches the ball at the foul line, and turns, there is nobody on her and she has a free pass to the rim. I want her to grab an offensive rebound and go back up and watch the defenders bounce off. She’s so much more a legitimate “big” than Tuck, and that’s not a slam at Tuck, knee pain or not. Kiah doesn’t have to fold her uniform in to create the coveted “wide shoulder” look. She has the upper body to create havoc in there, but she doesn’t. Isn’t C.D. the coach that’s supposed to give these kids the post moves. Tina Charles went from timid to dominant. Who (besides Tina) fueled that turnaound? Somebody has to tell Kiah that Dolson can’t do it all by herself, and Stewart is still being pushed around. That leaves Kiah and Tuck, and Tuck is still hurt and doesn’t have Kiah’s size advantages. We’ve seen Stokes take rebounds and block shots. Now we need her to dish out some punishment, keep the ball up and go to the boards with a legitimate move. She will make it or be fouled, hopefully both, but at least she’ll be a threat. It would be great if we didn’t have to wait until next year to see Kiah get serious out the there. And I don’t want her first in line for the “nice girl” awards.

    1. mike mcmanus

      Well said Martin. I’ve had the same observation. Tuck is the only one of the three you mention who makes an attempt to drive to the bucket; Dolson has become a jump shooter and Kia passes to someone else. I think that’s what Geno wants them to do…and get fouled…but they just don’t do it. I watched Dolson last night…every time she got the ball at the top of the key, her defender would come right up in her face, thus thwarting her from shooting. That’s when she should have attempted to go around her, but the never did-not once.

      1. Kevin Cavanaugh

        Mike, Generally, your comment holds water, but I have seen glimmers of what Stewie can do – she tends to avoid confrontation but she has attacked the basket on occasion but needs to do more – her height and wingspan is critical under the hoop on offense and defense. I am more concerned with he not securing the ball when she does come in contact with it via a steal, a rebound, or after a blocked shot. That said, I feel she will be one of the great one’s – Look at Tina Charles’ first year – after that she became unstoppable – Stewie is an emerging great one.

        1. Kevin Cavanaugh

          The conditioning coach who helped Dolson lose weight and gain strength needs to bulk up Stewie a little and have her strengthen up – after that she will dominate.

        2. Martin,Mike,Kevin&Me

          Stewart was a major difference last night she almost alone kept Uconn in the game.
          Stokes is much better defender and rebounder, put backs have been good, than Tuck. Tuck has guts–she attacks. Stokes needs to attack.
          I love this team–they are MY team.
          The last play, was a busted play. Blame executors and ND for it being busted. Geno didn’t think his kids stupid enough to throw away the ball in the last few seconds. So he didn’t give ND a chance to set up < they didn't have a time out left-so he relied in his players. Mistake, maybe, trust is good too.
          I loved the game–not the end. It was a game full of pluses–
          If you love Uconn-and I drink the Genoade–I do love them. I've had my head handed to me by Geno, when he was wrong, but winners are not good losers.

    2. Bracchus

      As I recall it on Tuesday night Geno went with a lineup that included Stokes, Stewart and Dolson for an extended time frame. It was there that the game tightened up a bit. Stokes is limited offensively. She needs to develop a jump shot and a move to the basket. But, with those three on the court, there is no layup line to the basket. Then it is up to the uards to contest jump shots.Kayla McBride made some shots in spite of this becaus she is a spectacular player. Those kind of players wont be denied. But, you can make them work harder for it.

      1. Kevin Cavanaugh

        I agree with your above comments. With 3 bigs blocking the paint, ND would have been forced to depend on the 3, and they will make some of the 3’s but not all of them.

        It is a trade off but if the guards, whoever they may be are in the face of their 3 point shooters, the percentage of shots made from outside WILL GO down, but if they are uncontested, a higher percentage will go in. Again, I agree with your comments.

  6. mike mcmanus

    Well stated John. If UCONN could have found a way to beat ND’s press, it would have been the easiest solution to get the ball to KML for an open shot. And that’s done with quick, short passes and less dribbling. I’m beginning to question Bria’s b-ball IQ because she insists on dribbling too much against a defender [Diggins] who is quicker than she is. By the time they’d played three times, I would expect her to smarten up but she didn’t.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      I agree,Mike, if someone has figured out how to get the ball from you, then you need to get it to someone else quicker. That is why Faris took over bringing up the ball after Hartley got picked off a couple of times.

      Bria almost has the attitude that she will keep bringing up the ball untilshe does NOT get picked off. By the time that happens, UCONN could be down by 30 points. When one picks off a guard, there is no one behind her to defend a fast break.

      Stewie has to learn to get a firm grip onthe ball. several times she either got a rebound or made a steal and lost control of the ball. She needs to learn to absolutely secure the ball before she gives any thought to getting rid of it to a teammate.

    2. Martin,Mike,Kevin&Me

      Mike—Bria Hartley is NOT a point guard. Makes bad decision at bad times. Yet I love her attacking the rim, as 2 should do. Jeff is too inexperience, now, to run this team, maybe next year. Geno was going banana’s on the side line with all the terrible decisions of his team. Me too I was screaming at them from outer space (satellite tv). When the “bigs” came in it made a difference (Stokes, Stewie,Dolson).
      You cannot obtain game experience other than a game–practices maybe tough, but the pressure is way different. I only wish Geno accepted some practice failures and allowed Stokes more PT. Yet I love Geno and this team.

      1. Martin,Mike,Kevin&Me

        BRIA IS A GUARD. SHE HAS BEEN SHARING PG DUTIES FOR 3 SEASONS. YET SHE STILL SUCKS AT BALL HANDLING.

    3. Bracchus

      Moriah Jefferson is the point guard of the future. She has the ball handling skills and tenacity, she just needs to develop the judgement in certain situations. The more she plays the better she will be.

  7. James

    Make a list of everything that has been said by people associated with UConn, especially Geno, and then ask yourself if ND should advocate for them.Why is it arrogance to not comment on possible inclusions in a conference that you haven’t been in for one second or been privy to any future expansion conversation that they’ve had. The dust hadn’t even settled on the announcement. I guarantee you the last thing he’s thought of was UConn in the few hours after the announcement.

  8. FREDDYKOOL

    WE WILL PROBABLY SEE THESE “TIP O THE HATS” ONE MORE TIME B/4 THE SEASON IS OVER AND WATCH OUT CAUSE THEY MAY END UP DEADER THAN “KELSEYS” NUTS!!!

  9. Jake

    Geno to audience at corporate speaking engagement Summer ’11. “Any Notre Dame fans here? F*** Notre Dame.”

    That chauvinist deserves to serve his penance in America’s 12 or whatever they call it.

    1. FREDDYKOOL

      GREAT POST JOHN AND BECAREFUL JAKE IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER…….h’mmmmmmmmm

    2. Bracchus

      As more and more parity starts to emerge in the women’s game, Geno will become more and more frustrated. Remember, he has three of the top 5 high school players as freshmen this year. Next year he only picks up one top player. My point is that recruiting is going to get tougher as schools like Baylor, Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Kentucky etc rachet up their efforts. Notre Dame has beaten them all 3 times this year with a freshman in the starting lineup and not a particulary deep bench. Next year his freshmen will be sophomores, but other teams will be getting better as well.

      1. Kevin Cavanaugh

        I agree but I would like to add that UCONN played most of the year with one good Senior and one with a broken wing – in Genos eyes his freshmen were not ready to fly from the nest on regular basis. I dont agree with that strategy.

        Next year could be worse. Sure they will pick up Chong but she, in Genos eyes will need two years to earn starter status and Faris will leave UCONN without that overall do-a-lot player. Stokes and Tuck will pick up the slack I am sure and KML will continue to do so many things well.

        Hopefully Stewie will get even better. Many have been so critical of Stewie but I think she is coming along well – especially these past three weeks.

        I apologize, I forgot Buck – and that is because Buck gets so little playing time. Buck, in my estimation could have been utilized in some key games to give Dolson a breather or to counter a few taller teams.

        Also, Hartley is okay on fast breaks but I do not think it is to her advantage to attack the paint when there are opposing bigs ready to swat down anything she brings. She is better doing what Diggins does – stop short and take a jumper

        1. Bracchus

          One of the major reasons UCONN has lost to Notre Dame 3 times this season is the killer instinct of ND players. Diggins has ice water in her veins and McBride is the perfect assassin. They believe they can win no matter what the circumstances. The fact that Muffett doesn’t micromanage contributes to their overall confidence.

  10. FARIS IS ALL TALK

    FARIS SUCKS
    CAN’T SHOOT
    DOESN’T WANT TO SHOOT
    RUNS AROUND LIKE HER HAIR IS ON FIRE
    PUTS HER TEAMMATES IN BAD POSITIONS
    MAKES BAD DECISIONS EVERY GAME
    EVERY POST GAME READS FROM COACH SPEAK SCRIPT
    BUT SHE HAS NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANS

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      why do people slam UCONN and UCONN players and not have enough nerve to use their valid user name? Every time I comment, people know who I am. Are you simply trying to hide behind cute names to duck people knowing who you are? That is sleazy.

      1. Awareness

        The name Kevin Cavanaugh is a combination of letters that tells us nothing of who you are no more than Jrpkdbcmfk. And calling people sleezy because of that is nothing to be proud of.

        1. Steve Gee

          Trolls like to constantly change their unclever names so they don’t have to own their comments.
          They never have to back-up a single idiotic statement.
          Simple.

    2. Kevin Cavanaugh

      Oh, Faris is the same Faris that helped beat Stanford, Penn State, Duke, Syracuse, St. Johns, Marquette, Rutgers, Texas A&M and a bunch of others.

      Real basketball sportscasters and coaches know Faris’ value.

      Normally it is snakes that attack the better players.

      I have no problem acknowledging that ND won 3 games and several of ND players played extremely well. I dont slam ND players but I sometimes question the officiating

      1. Bracchus

        Faris is a hard worker and is usually pretty consistent. Her improvement on offense is laudable. But Lewis is the back bone of this team. They have to kee her involved in the offense. This is particularly true as teams pursue a strategy to get Dolson in early foul trouble. They are going to need that offense. In the last game Stewart stepped up.

        1. Kevin Cavanaugh

          Again, I agree entirely with you. KML came in mostly as a shooter and had chosen, with good coaching, to become an excellent rebounder, layup artist, passer, and overall hustler. Her worth to the team has increased exponentially.

          When she was a diamond in the rough shooting from outside, my gut told me that she would mirror the play of Maya – who got more than her share of assists, rebounds, and steals.

          Faris repeatedly said she feels honored because of her numbers in categories are in a group of only her and Maya (even though Mayas specific numbers in each category are off the charts. It is just the milestone categories that put Faris in the same conversation (or club).

          I am having trouble saying it, but Maya and Faris are in the same 1,000, 750, 500, club, but Mayas numbers are way over in each category while Faris’ numbers are just over each number to get in the category… But, still she is the only other UCONN person in those categories.

          When Kelly was with Maya, Tina, Renee, and a few others, Kelly did not have to score – so she did a half dozen other things quite well.

          I don’t compliment Kelly because she is white, I just acknowledge that she hustles more than most UCONN players – past or present.

          KMLs first year did not include a lot of the categories that Faris has focused on, but this year – she does focus on those things.

          But, because KML is such a prolific scorer, someone else needs to step up (Stokes or Tuck) to work on the other categories needed by a winning team.

      1. Martin,Mike,Kevin&Me

        Mike—Bria Hartley is NOT a point guard. Makes bad decision at bad times. Yet I love her attacking the rim, as 2 should do. Jeff is too inexperience, now, to run this team, maybe next year. Geno was going banana’s on the side line with all the terrible decisions of his team. Me too I was screaming at them from outer space (satellite tv). When the “bigs” came in it made a difference (Stokes, Stewie,Dolson).
        You cannot obtain game experience other than a game–practices maybe tough, but the pressure is way different. I only wish Geno accepted some practice failures and allowed Stokes more PT. Yet I love Geno and this team.

        1. EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES

          BRIA IS A GUARD. SHE HAS BEEN SHARING PG DUTIES FOR 3 SEASONS. YET SHE STILL SUCKS AT BALL HANDLING. BRIA HAS BEEN TOO LAZY TO IMPROVE HER BALL HANDLING SKILLS FOR 3 SEASONS. SHEA APPARENTLY DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO TEACH AND COACH BALL HANDLING.

        2. Bracchus

          I have notices that Geno sticks with Hartley through thick and thin and rarely yells at her. I am assuming that this is because he really has no place else to go. Doty is finished and Jefferson is a freshman. Faris and Lewis anre not point guards. I think that he is hoping that Hartley can return to her old self. To beat a team like ND, she will need to do just that.

    3. Jeff Brown

      “Faris Is All Talk”-

      Your declarative statements that Kelly plays poorly in every game are so moronic they don’t warrant a defense. How you could possibly watch her play for 4 years, and/or know anything about basketball, and make those statements is hard to imagine.

      I go back to my original conclusion – you must be a moron, and not a very nice one!!

    4. huskypat

      Well, you are entitled to your opinion so here is mine – you are all talk and surely not a UConn fan – fans do not post sick remarks about the team players or the coaching staff. Good night Chet – keep on ranting and see where it gets you.

  11. LOST LOBO

    Geno is coaching stupid just like Pat did for a few years before the annoucement

    1. Fran Dagostino

      One more time, can we PLEASE keep this civil? Kill the insults everyone!

      1. Kinder/Gentler Blog

        Fran–People with poor self esteem and poorer vocabularies–tend to insult. Save your typing/breath, those who hide behind names like Kinder/Gentler–are lost souls.

        I love this Uconn team, with all the exposed warts. All us “armchair” coaches, point guards–are speaking opinions, we all know what they are worth.
        It is fair to say –that was a bad decision,or a bad play–but it’s not fair to say Player Mary Brick should not be playing or is the worst point guard or center in the game. these kids give hard work for 5 months a year to play well. Could you do the same???

      2. Kinder/Gentler

        Fran–People with poor self esteem and poorer vocabularies–tend to insult. Save your typing/breath, those who hide behind names like Kinder/Gentler–are lost souls.

        I love this Uconn team, with all the exposed warts. All us “armchair” coaches, point guards–are speaking opinions, we all know what they are worth.
        It is fair to say –that was a bad decision,or a bad play–but it’s not fair to say Player Mary Brick should not be playing or is the worst point guard or center in the game. these kids give hard work for 5 months a year to play well. Could you do the same???

        1. Kinder/Gentler

          Fran–People with poor self esteem and poorer vocabularies–tend to insult. Save your typing/breath, those who hide behind names like Kinder/Gentler–are lost souls.

          I love this Uconn team, with all the exposed warts. All us “armchair” coaches, point guards–are speaking opinions, we all know what they are worth.
          It is fair to say –that was a bad decision,or a bad play–but it’s not fair to say Player Mary Brick should not be playing or is the worst point guard or center in the game. these kids give hard work for 5 months a year to play well. Could you do the same???

    2. Bracchus

      I would agree. Tuck has a couple of great games and suddenly she is nailed to the bench coming in for 4 minutes in the last game where she made a critical “and 1″ three point play. He finally used Stokes more. In the triple overtime his insistence on sticking with Doty who was doing absolutely nothing out there was mind boggling. He has to give Jefferson more and more time and allow her to work throught her mistakes.His inability to come up with a scheme to get KML more shots really hurt Tuesday night. ND keyed on her and prevented her from gettin the ball on the 3 point line uncontested.
      I think that we also have to concede that Muffett McGraw is a great coach-period.

  12. BREAKING NEWS

    DIGGINS AND MCBRIDE ARE STILL STANDING ON UCONN’S NECK. MAYBE ND DOES NOT WIN THE NC. BUT NEITHER WILL UCONN WHO HAS NOT WON THE NC SINCE TINA CHARLES.

  13. Greatest Of All Time

    UConn got robbed. Again. Notre Dame must pay a fee to the NCAA to get referees to always make calls against UConn. Even an injured Hartley is better than both Diggins and McBride. That’s why she is one of thirty players on that watch list. Hartley will be a WNBA all-star. Not the other two. Doty could have been as great as Hartley if not for 2 surgeries. UConn could have won at least one more championship with a healthy Doty. Notre Dame grabbed and held KML all night long. Faris was awesome again. No one scored on her. Geno made the right decision at the end of the game. If it worked he would be a genius again. Stewart and KML will win 2 championships together. UConn can win the national championship again this season. Bet Notre Dame, Baylor and the referees won’t let them. UConn would be undefeated this year if every player was injury free. Baylor and Notre Dame have no injuries. UConn has a great chance to win it all this year. And next year it will be Chiney versus Dolson, KML, Stewart, Hartley, Stokes, Tuck, Banks, Jefferson. UConn might have co player of the year winners in 2014-15. Geno should be coach of the year. This has been one of his greatest accomplishments ever. Lots of injuries plus two key transfers in the off season. Geno is also teaching his teenagers about how to be held accountable. He leads by example. We love UConn and we love Geno. Go team go!

    1. The Truth

      Greatest –
      It’s too bad you didn’t watch the game last night. Otherwise you would have noticed that the referees called virtually the same number of fouls on both teams – 14 vs. 13; and UConn shot 11 freethrows to only 6 freethrows for Notre Dame. Which team had their starting center sitting for most of the game because she had 4 fouls called on her – ND. Miraculously, Dolson played 39 minutes without committing a single foul.
      Your contention that “Even an injured Hartley is better than both Diggins and McBride. That’s why she is one of thirty players on that watch list. Hartley will be a WNBA all-star. Not the other two”, is ample evidence of the tunnel vision on the typical UConn fan. Diggins is a senior and most WNBA mock draft projections for 2013 have her being selected between 2nd and 4th in the first round, with only Griner (a once-in-a-lifetime player) consistently ranked ahead of Diggins. Both Hartley and McBride are junior guards. My guess is that a 5-11 guard who shines in the toughest of competition (McBride) will likely be drafted ahead of a 5-7 guard who has inconsistent results when playing in the big games. Here are the stats in the 3 head-to-head games this year:
      a. McBride – 21 points, 1 turnover; 26 points, 1 turnover; and 23 points, 1 turnover; overall 70 points, 3 turnovers.
      b. Hartly – 9 points, 4 turnovers; 10 points, 4 turnovers; and 9 points, 6 turnovers; overall 28 points and 14 turnovers.

      By the way, Notre Dame has players playing hurt as well. #44, Braker, has been battling knee problems all year after her knee surgery in the summer. Her minutes have been limited as a result. #22, Cable, had stress fractures in both her feet last year that prevented her from playing and has battled a bad ankle for most of the season. On top of the bad ankle, she was playing the games in this tournament with a splint wrap on the index and middle finger of her shooting hand; yet she made all of her free throws in the tourney.

      What is the most amusing part of your post is the claim that Geno is leads by example and is teaching his teenagers how to be accountable. Is that what he is doing in his post-game press conferences when he continually throws his players under the bus, blaming losses on his team “not being as good as we thought they were”?

      1. Bracchus

        Contrast the styles of Geno and Muffett and then look at the end of the game Tuesday night. Geno rants and raves all through the game yelling loud enough for the entire stadium to hear him. He paces the sideline buryng his head in his hands at the slightest miscue. He screams in the huddles. On the other hand, Muffett seems to rarely raise her voice and appears calm no matter what the score or how much time is left on the clock.
        At the end of the game UCONN botched an inbounds play and disentegrated, while ND dribled the length of the court and ended up with a layup.
        Perhaps Geno should consider working on the next play more and yelling aobut the last play less. The legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA rarely left his seat during a game. He always said that he did his coaching during practice. Geno seems obsessed with being the show. Frankly, his act is wearing thin.
        My other problem with Geno is the public bashing of players. We don’t need Geno characterizing players as lazy or not having a good practice.How would he feel if Ward Manuel came out and commented on every aspect of his performance. He is making millions of dollars while these kids are getting as scholarship. The inequity is enormous.

    2. Awareness

      Geno will be voted “……..” of the year but I don’t think “coach” is going to be it.

  14. Civic

    John A., concerning Muffet McGraw:

    My father was an enormous ND fan, and that went for every sport. He passed away three years ago, and out of respect, I continue his fandom for ND football.
    I will never root for ND women’s basketball as long as Muffet McGraw is there. I saw her at her worst, (at least I hope it was), in terms of sportsmanship.

    It’s the 2001 Big East Championship game. Already filled with emotion, as a snowstorm during the week tucked everyone into Gampel, leaving cars parked across the campus landscape. It’s #1 ND vs #2 UConn.

    For the first time Svet Aborsimova’s parents arrived from Russia to see her play, but injured, Svet could only greet them on crutches. Her parents sat with Shea Ralph’s parents, and just before halftime, Shea went down, and after the silence, was helped away with virtually a career ending injury.

    Then Sue Bird hits a half court shot at the half-time buzzer.

    At the end of the second half, ND was down 76-75, with Ruth Riley going to the line for two foul shots . McGraw calls a timeout, and one would think she informed her players that they had a foul to give. Ruth then made one of two to tie the game and Bird drove the length of the court with the ND defenders staying off of her, trying not to foul, and Bird hits a stop and pop for the win. Huskie euphoria.

    Then the aftermath. Muffet, who may have just realized her mistake, plus disgruntled with the loss, took her entire team off the court to the locker room to avoid the post tournament ceremony. Big East officials scrambled to get them back, but ended up with just Ruth Riley, Alicia Ratay, and Kelley Siemon, as they were selected to the all tourney team. They sat alone on the bench, continually looking to the tunnel for their Coach. From our seat, we saw McGraw standing there in the tunnel, and as they began to announce the all-tourney team, she waved her arm in disgust and headed to the locker room. Very sad, because joining the three ND players on the all tourney team were Asjha Jones, and probably the most emotional moment of the night, Shea Ralph. And no one else was there from ND to accept the second place team trophy, except an already embarrassed Riley & Siemon.

    In 2013, the UConn women and coaches, who after another very tough loss, had the integrity and sportsmanship to remain on the bench and watch ND celebrate, win their awards, and then accept the second place trophy.

    The image of Muffet standing in the tunnel, already having pulled her team from the arena, she had the opportunity to be the bigger person and walk back in, but instead dissed it and walked away. This is exactly how it happened and why I will never root for a team that she is associated with.

    1. Merton

      Undoubtedly Muffet acted in the same crass manner when ND lost to UConn in the tournament finals in 96, 97, 99, 11 and 12. She probably beats her kids and her husband, too.

      1. Civic

        >>Undoubtedly Muffet acted in the same crass manner when ND lost to UConn in the tournament finals in 96, 97, 99, 11 and 12.<<

        I have no evidence, nor inclination to doubt that.

  15. ray-ray

    heres my uconn starting 5 going into ncaas;
    KELLY(LAYUPS ONLY )FARIS—TIRED OF PG COMMENTS YET?
    STEFANIE CHOKESON—–DOMINATE SOMEBDY GOOD FOR ONCE
    KALORIE MOSQUEDA-LEWIS—KANT KOVER ANYONE CUZ SHES BIG AS A PACK MULE
    BRIA(NO)HARTLEY—-WTF HAPPENED TO HER?
    CAROLINE (OMG ITS A BIG GAME)DOTY—-BIG WASTE OF SCHOLARSHIP
    ILL GIVE PASS TO STEWART—SHE ROSE TO OCCASION

    1. huskypat

      Hey Ray-ray: Are you related to Faris is all talk or are you him? If you can’t say anything positive, please do not say anything – you surely are not a UConn Women’s basketball fun with your dirty mouth spewing such hateful comments. Did you ever think that the players might be reading your comments – insulting 18 to 21 year old women says a lot about you – anti-woman is kind – more like woman hater fits you and your hatred better. Have a good life and when you reach your goal of 400 lbs, please come back and post a picture of yourself so I can make hateful comments about you. Grow up.

  16. Slvrhwk

    Lobo had it right, its the guard play that’s killing the Huskies, not the zebras. Bria is not a point guard & the injury has ruined her
    shooting rythym. Kelly is an excellent defender against most but not quick enough to stay with OSims, the Diva or Kelly’s evil twin, Kayla. That still doesn’t excuse all the offensive turnovers by those two lately. Kelly was leading the nation in A/TO ratio during the first half of the season. We need a healthy Banks, Mo will mature and hopefully Chong can make the same quick transition from HS to College that Jewel Lloyd did. I hope Geno doesn’t let any them of play in off season tournaments this year. Kiah’s a smart student and it’s a mystery why she can’t make an effort to bring that to the court. She has all the physical tools to be as great as Tina.

  17. coach777b

    As a transplanted Philadelphian, I used to watch Stoke’s dad play with the 76ers and he was really good. But that killer instinct and determination was not passed on to Kiah. I keep waiting to see her emerge from that soft shell. She has all the physical attributes to be a great player and a valuable asset to this team. But she continue to play soft and tentative. She needs a wake up call over the summer to live up to her potential and to complete her last two seasons in the starting lineup with a championship season. Goodbye Big East, hello the Orphan 12!

  18. Stokes is on the verge

    Kiah Stokes in every game, yet limited time, has played well she is a good defender, will score when she gets the ball. What more does one want from this woman?? She has a perfect basketball body, and beautiful to look at–she IS a valuable asset to this team.
    If I were her dad I’d be proud of how she contributes and does not complain about minutes.
    I’m not sure about the soft shell you see–maybe yes maybe no, what I see is a young lady who can give Uconn good to great minutes if given the opportunity.

    I still think with Dolson–Stokes and Stewart can provide a great scoring rebounding team. It worked against ND.

    Everything Kiah I like.

    This was (if there can ever be one) a good loss for the experience Stokes, Stewart, Tuck, Jefferson got during the last two games. They all handled themselves well.
    Stewart offensively and defensively played really really good. As did Dolson..

    No to get some double triple screen for KML and the three. She needs to watch the tape of McBride–who shoots with .001 second after she gets the ball. She is an amazingly quick release–KML needs to learn that trick.

    1. Bracchus

      You are correct. With Kiah, Breanna, and Stepahnie in the lineup together ND was unable to forge ahead. That lineup prevents penetration and UCONN should have the rebounding advantage every time. He has to use that more.

  19. Merton

    Why on earth would a reporter presume that Jack Swarbrick owed him an answer to that question? Unlike UConn, ND had not spent the last years with its bags packed and sitting at the door, waiting for an invitation to leave the Big East. ND had also just finished the negotiations with the Big East on the timing and arrangements for its exit. UConn is a remaining member of the Big East (sorry, John A, that’s just the way it is). So you expect the Notre Dame AD at that point in time to address your question about supporting UConn’s entry to the ACC? I’m sure Mike Aresco would have appreciated that immensely. Swarbrick should have simply called you the doofus you obviously are.

    I recognize that UConn is unhappy with its lot in life (it still has those bags packed and sitting at the door), and there’s no love lost for Notre Dame so why not blame them? But hey, why not get your own house in order first? I mean, how many other D-1 schools were banned from the NCAAs this year? Do you really think schools like Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina are anxious to have you join their conference? Now maybe UNC goes to the Big 10/11/14 and FSU goes to the SEC, and then you’ll get that invitation, but for now you’re in the Big East (future name to be determined) – so why not try to act like you’re happy with it? Your fellow conference members might appreciate it.

  20. Rene Morache

    It seems to me that UConn is at least one short in the guard position. With only one recruit next year, they should be feverishly looking to sign a good guard. To assume Hartley will return to her former level of play, to assume Banks will resume the steady progress she had shown prior to her injury, to assume Jefferson will evolve quickly into a true point guard, and to assume the incoming freshman guard will contribute immediately is to me quite unbelievable. I think that if something can go wrong in this thinking, it will. A championship team cannot have too many good guards.

  21. John D

    I’m just as disappointed as any UConn fan not so much because of the loses but rather the way this game and others were lost.I only have four questions.1) Why did not one ref see the ball hit the rim that resulted in a review causing stoppage in play ? 2) Why was a time out not called by Geno when KML got trapped ? 3)Why was Diggens not immediately fouled when UConn had a foul to give ?How did ND get a player wide open under the basket when Diggens drove the court ? Can’t blame ND for these mistakes.UConn was in a perfect position in the closing minutes to have won the last three times against ND but let them all slip away.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      Looking at the end of the game and listening to Geno, Diggins got fouled close to four times and none of them resulted in the refs calling a foul.

      Still, you are so correct, Geno could have called a time out.

      …and when it was obvious the ball got turned over, Dolson could have halled buns down the other end – maybe in time to prevent an easy layup – after all, Diggins had time to do the Irish Jig all the way down, so Dolson, who is pretty fast, could have EITHER ran interrupted or possibly interfered with the pass from Diggins that resulted in the layup.

      …hindsight though on my part.

  22. Kara Lawson's picks for All-American

    @karalawson20 tweeted her picks in this exact order. Wonder if UConn had won 2 out of 3 against ND, would Dolson be on this list?

    Griner
    Sims
    Ogwumike
    Delle Donne
    Diggins
    McBride
    Thomas
    Mosqueda-Lewis
    Gray
    Clarendon

    1. Bracchus

      This is a good list. Dolson has had a very good year, but I don’t know if she is the game changer the kids on this list are capable of being. To me, this makes the distinction between KML and the rest of UCONN’s team. I would have been okay with Dolson on it, but I am okay with her off of it as well.

  23. Artie A...

    John, I have not scolded you since your childish rant over the EDD situation.
    I simply believe we all make mistakes and I bet today you would like to take this one back. With all the secrecy that goes with conference realignment did you actually expect an answer?

    There is no AD in the country that is going to come out and say “yes we are going to support raiding what is left of the Big East”. Or “yes John we are going to be the first to speak out on bringing UConn to the ACC”. This because we are ND, and are now more powerful than all the schools that have been there for years.

    Imagine what you would have heard asking Jim Calhoun a question like that. I have to agree with Jack on this one my friend.
    You state… 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. You really expected him to give you info at a presser that had nothing to do with the question?
    Sorry John you dropped the ball on this one…Him being a lawyer for 28 years is no more important than you being a reporter for 32. I will close with if the ACC wanted us at all we would have been there by now. I do not see us in that conference any time soon.
    Other than an occasional fumble keep up the good work…

  24. Jersey Man

    John,

    ND does not owe you an answer to the ACC question. Biggest problem with UConn President Suzy is she finds herself commenting on the Big East and other athletic issues. Not the leadership role the school needs from her!

  25. Fairfield County Fan

    John- if you read down this far in the comments- I take offense at your continuous “slamming” of the NCAA games being held in Bridgeport! Come on – be a supporter – Newark would not have been a “walk in the park” either! And the Webster BAnk Arena is a neat place to watch a game (or a concert).
    For those of us who travel from this part of the state to Hartford and Storrs (not a walk in the park either!) the entire season we welcome a few games closer to home.
    For a Connecticut-based writer to knock games elsewhere in Connecticut is very annoying.

  26. John D

    The UConn Men & Woman’s teams have been two of the most accomplished basket programs over the last 20 years in the Big East and on a National level.It should have been a no brainier for the ACC to have given UConn one of the first invites to join their conference but they snubbed our program not just recently but over the last decade.It’s about time we stopped begging and trying to be a lap dog !!! For better or worse lets begin to solidify the new conference that we will be part of starting next year.It took several years for the Big East to establish themselves as a prominent power conference and I can’t see any reason that with hard work and having the right teams join the new conference over time it can’t also become just as prominent.At this point I would not join the ACC even with a invite but thats just my opinion.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      John, I agree. Too many people are bashing UCONN and its’ new conference. UCONN is not in this new conference by choice – the Catholics, as a whole, left and while leaving took the existing conference with it. Oh, ND, is also Catholic and their fans appear to be bashing UCONN as well.

      Well, UCONN will be the cornerstone and as a result, other schools will want to join the new conference.

      Initially, UCONN will probably win the conference championship and the tournament as well (if one will exist).

      Eventually, some of the other teams will improve an compete.

      Notre Dame is leaving because of $$$ and $$$ only.

      The women’s rivalry between UCONN and ND was a financial boon for both schools and if ND chooses to not play UCONN during the regular season it will be a big mistake.

      Maybe ND knows with Skylar leaving the wins/lossess will get back to normal – and by that I mean it will be a lopsided cycle with UCONN on top again.

      Next year, Dolson and Stewie will be twin towers – even if one is high post and the other is low post and Stokes and Tuck will add to a superior team.

      Throw in KML to complete the Husky 5 and they will be unstoppable and unbeatable.

      It wouldnt matter if UCONN were in the PAC12, BIG10, SEC, ACC, or even the WNBA – next year UCONN rocks.

      I surely did not mean to slight other names like Jefferson, Chong, and Hartley and Banks – I was only stressing the big guns.

      As far as I am concerned, if Hartley doesn’t return to her former self, then UCONN can go with Banks, Jefferson, and Chong.

      1. Kevin Cavanaugh

        Good News tonight from NY State. Saniya Chong and her Ossining team beat a worthy opponent

        March 15, 2013 1 2 3 4 F
        at Ossining 13 12 23 18 66
        Sachem East 16 10 18 14 58

        Chong scored 29 points in the victory

      2. No Name Defense

        You’re jokin’. Right? It won’t matter how poorly Hartley might play. She will be a senior. And by stubborn Auriemma’s definition, the senior starts and plays 25+ minutes. Auriemma will do his usual “bring freshman along slowly” thing. Translation: UConn coaches are not as great at developing players as the media and fans give them.

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