Some people love to talk about recruiting. I love schedules, mainly because it gives me a chance to anticipate which holidays I am going to be missing each season.
So now, somewhat refreshed, this is what I have heard:
1). UConn will begin a home-and-home series with South Carolina next season. Don’t know where, at this point, and the contract hasn’t been signed yet, so UConn can’t say. But this is such an intriguing arrangement considering how badly each program wants high school senior A’ja Wilson, the No. 1 unsigned prospect, who just happens to live in South Carolina. If she picks one of the two, the other will experience post envy when they play.
Then again, Kelsey Bone picked South Carolina and you will recall how that turned out? Just saying….
2). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, donors and donettes, UConn and Notre Dame are talking, seriously and constructively, about resuming their series as non-conference foes, beginning next season. We asked you to be patient. Some of you scoffed.
Just remember this: Despite what every other program in women’s basketball believes, it’s just not a season anymore without UConn and Notre Dame playing at least once. This is such good, good, good, good news.
3) UConn and Penn State are discussing the likely possibility of extending their series, which ended with this year’s game in State College, Pa. Geno Auriemma apparently has a lot of respect for Coquese Washington, the Penn State coach. This is a very good idea, as well
4). The future of UConn and Duke is up in the air after their game Dec. 17. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie was somewhat non-committal about it when I asked her about it at the Jimmy V Foundation dinner in New York prior to the start of training camp. She is likely the only one who really knows if she wants this to move forward.
5). Stanford and UConn, as we have been telling you, are going to play annually for until at least the 2016-17 season. And the schools likely will extend through 2019.
Their game next season in Palo Alto, originally scheduled for Nov. 14, has been pushed back to Nov. 17, 2014, according to UConn, at the request of ESPN, which will televise it.
That means UConn will open next season at UC Davis, most likely on Nov. 14, the first day the NCAA will allow games to be played.
6). Within two weeks, the field of eight teams will be complete for the Gulf Coast Classic in Ostero, Florida, in which UConn will play Nov. 27-29, 2014. Already included the field are Villanova, Minnesota, Arizona State and Green Bay. Once the remainder of the field is signed, the match-ups will be announced.
I have been told neither Notre Dame or Tennessee will be a part of the field, so that’s not happening under the Thanksgiving sunshine.