Late last night, UConn confirmed something Geno Auriemma had mentioned earlier in the day: the Huskies had signed a two-year deal to play the University of California-Davis. The series will begin next year in Connecticut and conclude – or at least one would assume – with a game at UC-Davis, which is near Sacramento, in 2014-15.
That will be Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis’ senior season. If you are wondering why the Huskies didn’t try to schedule UCLA, USC, Pepperdine – or some school closer than 360 miles from LA and Anaheim to better give KML the customary senior home game – well, they did.
UConn and UCLA have been trying to put together a series, something Auriemma wants to do very badly because of his friendship with the Bruins staff and his desire to play again in the area.
The problem is who would get the television rights to the game. If you remember, the Pac12 conference would not allow UConn’s game at Oregon on Dec. 31 to be televised in Connecticut, despite UConn’s desire.
And it appears the conference is not interested in allowing a future game played at any of their schools – at least those not secured by ESPN for its networks – to be shown anywhere but on its own network.
So UConn essentially said ‘no thank you’ and looked for another place to play.