Divorce is never a good thing. Nastiness normally prevails. Families are disrupted. Mutual friends are left conflicted, forced to choose sides. And what to do during special occasions like weddings, baptisms and Final Four welcoming dinners? Do you leave two doors open in the ballroom so the parties at war can enter and exit separately?
That’s apparently where we are now with UConn and Tennessee. The Lady Vols served papers Tuesday night by issuing their one sentence rejection of UConn’s offer that they meet for coffee and try to talk things out. Geez, UConn was even going to pick up the check!
So now we know; what happened, whatever was said, whatever was done, imagined, supposed, suggested, rumored and floated was enough to really make the people at Tennessee so angry they believe there is no looking back. No olive branch. No arbitration. No peace Summitt.
Let me tell you, that’s very angry.
All that’s left to say now is fare thee well, Lady Vols. Good luck with your new coach, your new sports information director, the consolidation of your athletic department, the deposition of your pending lawsuits and trying to keep the ball moving in the way Coach Summitt rolled it.
We are sure the Pat Summitt Foundation will thrive without the boost of a UConn-Tennessee reunion on ESPN, perhaps in front of 19,000 at Madison Square Garden. We are sure the game of women’s basketball, with such declining relevance in the national media, will deal successfully with this, now without a chance to ever beat its chest again about one of the greatest rivalries in collegiate sports history.
We are sure the Lady Vols are certain they have made the right decision and can content themselves by playing everyone else in the nation except the program most associated with it, in terms of national prominence, WNBA player placement and historical significance.
We are sure, MLB will someday allow the Yankees and Red Sox to quit playing. Army and Navy can’t last forever. How long will it take before Yale gets really peeved at Harvard and takes home its tailgate candleabra.
That’s for the memories, Tennessee. See you down the road someday.
Just don’t stay mad forever. It’s not good for your health.
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