This And That On A Thursday
Emptying the notebook on Thursday morning:
- Just wanted everyone to know that I reached out again to Tennessee on Wednesday to find out if its statement about not playing UConn again was in the “over my dead body” context or “who knows, maybe someday, but not now” context. I received no response. So I am going to assume the series is road kill. By the way, those of you who can’t or just refuse to grasp the significance of this, in relation to the health of the women’s game on a national level, do not sit in the press boxes and media rooms at NCAA Tournaments and Final Fours. Hardly anyone cares, folks. This is not about UConn and Tennessee as much as it is the promotion of a global game that is badly in need of it. And if it takes UConn-Tennessee to get it done, then it is necessary. I’m telling you, Baylor-Notre Dame did not excite the world.
- Geno Auriemma believes Mike Thibault’s decision to bring Renee Montgomery off the bench for the Connecticut Sun will be one of the best things that’s ever happened in her career. When Montgomery was cut from the World Championship team in 2010, Geno told his former All-American than she wasn’t good enough and she needed to grow up, mature more. Geno thinks this new role will help her.
- Look, I know there are many of you still flattened by the news that the UConn women will not be on CPTV for the next four years. Things happen in life. There’s is nothing you can do. But there is no free lunch, as they say. I would bet many of those complaining have watched the games for the last 18 years without EVER donating a dime to public television. Well, now you are going to have to pay the premium to watch the Huskies. It’s business. College basketball is BIG business. SNY will do a great job covering the team.
- As for CPTV, my advice is simple and formulaic- move on. A UConn source says the university is actively considering a plan to market its other sports teams on television; baseball, hockey and soccer, in particular. CPTV can still be in the game at UConn, just in another way. But for this to happen, people are going to have to calm down and stop taking things personally. If that happens, the connection between UConn and CPTV could regenerate, just to a different audience. Think about it.
- During their recent meetings in Florida, the Big East continued to discuss how to format the 2013-14 conference schedules for women’s basketball. With only 15 teams (no West Virginia, remember) each remaining program will be required to partner with two others for home-and-home games. In the past, it has been just one. But this is not a simple thing to do. The conference does not want to alter the already skewed competitive balance by simply sticking to geography, which could result in UConn being paired with Seton Hall or Providence (along with Notre Dame). What’s fair about that? It may have to do a little of its own bracketing and set up the pairings that way.
- The verbal commitment of Courtney Ekmark, the Phoenix sophomore guard, sounds and feels a lot like Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis’ situation. KML always wanted to play at UConn; same seems to be true for Ekmark. One day after she scored 28 points in the Division I title game for St. Mary’s, she and her father, St, Mary’s coach Curtis Ekmark, flew to UConn and was handed a scholarship offer from Auriemma – one she accepted verbally on Wednesday, “She really liked ASU and Charlie (Turner Thorne) and wanted to stay home, but to have an opportunity to play for UConn, that’s a one-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Curtis told the Arizona Republic. “It’s just tough to beat that atmosphere over there for women’s basketball,” said Curtis, who said Courtney plans to travel to Connecticut in June to play pick-up with her future team.
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