Tennessee-UConn? Forget It

by Categorized: Connecticut Sun, Holly Warlick, Pat Summitt, Tennessee women's basketball, UConn women's basketball Date:

Was roaming around the web this afternoon – what else to do on a rainy day – and noticed this piece on SwishAppeal.com that mentioned the possibility of UConn and Tennessee playing again some day in the regular season.

I had to look because I would love it if it happened.

But I need to tell you this: Earlier this week I called Tennessee after seeing a picture of Geno and Holly Warlick in the Knoxville News taken on Women’s Hall of Fame induction night last Saturday.

They were smiling. Broadly. I grew hopeful. Peace at last.

So I called Tennessee on Monday and asked if I could speak to Warlick to ask her if this picture meant good things for the renewal of the series that ended in 2007.

Tennessee would not even put her on the phone.

I was told the program had made a statement in May saying the series would not be renewed and they were sticking to their story.

So take that for what its worth. I have been told by a few people that ride the fence in this rivalry, meaning they don’t take partisan sides, that Warlick will not reschedule UConn out of respect to Coach Summitt’s wishes.

And as long as Coach Summitt is anywhere near the program, it is not expected to happen – not for the good of the game, not to promote the Summitt’s charity, not if ESPN crawls to Knoxville on its knees.

So be it, Tennessee. Good luck to you.

UConn likely will be there in March playing for a ninth national title, not the least bit exhausted from its season in The American.

Maybe the Lady Vols will be, too.

The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on courant.com articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.